A Concise Introduction to Logic, 9th Edition

 
9780495033400: A Concise Introduction to Logic, 9th Edition

Unsurpassed for its clarity, conciseness, and comprehensiveness, Hurley's market-leading A CONCISE INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC has established itself as the standard for introductory logic texts. Hailed in the first seven editions for an unwavering commitment to lucid, focused, reader-friendly presentations of logic's basic topics, the latest edition of this text raises the bar yet again as it makes unprecedented pedagogical strides with state of the art multimedia technology. As a component of HURLEY'S LOGIC CD-ROM that is bundled free with each copy of the new edition, Hurley's own Learning Logic software, now complete and fully revised for this edition of the text, offers teachers and students of logic an extraordinary tool for engaging logic's basic concepts. Designed around the idea that students learn at least as effectively from aural communication as from visual, Learning Logic contains over 11,000 audio files that, when combined with animations, present the central concepts of logic in an unprecedented fashion. These concepts are reinforced through thousands of new interactive practice problems that give audio and visual feedback for both correct and incorrect answers. Also delivered on HURLEY'S LOGIC CD-ROM is a fully revised, more easily navigable version of Logic Coach, a tool that enables students interactively to solve virtually every exercise set in the text. Rounded out with a revolutionary online course management and testing engine developed by the Wadsworth Group and a book-specific Web site that features student quizzing and interactive tutorials on Venn diagrams and truth tables, Hurley's A CONCISE INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC, Eighth Edition is not only the most logically sound choice that a professor could make for his or her logic course, but the most "technologically" sound choice as well.

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Patrick Hurley was born in Spokane, Washington in 1942. He received his bachelor's degree in mathematics (with a Physics minor) from Gonzaga University in 1964 and his Ph.D. in philosophy of science with an emphasis in history of philosophy from Saint Louis University in 1973. In 1972 he began teaching at the University of San Diego, where his courses have included logic, philosophy of science, metaphysics, process philosophy, and legal ethics. In 1987 he received his J.D. from the University of San Diego and he is currently a member of the California Bar Association. He retired from teaching in 2008, but continues his research and writing. His interests include music, art, opera, environmental issues, fishing, and skiing.

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