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This book introduces the fundamental methods and techniques of correct reasoning, in a manner that shows the relevance of the topics to readers� everyday lives. Many new exercises introduced in this edition help supplement and support explanations, aid in review, and make the book visually stimulating. This edition also includes a revised Logic tutorial on CD-Rom--further
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Paperback, 12th Edition, 683 pages
Published
August 12th 2004
by Routledge
(first published 1953)
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a popular college logic textbook...I enjoyed it so much I've read it almost three times now (I realize I must have issues)
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If I could learn formal logic from Copi, and enough to with Hempel and others to critique social statistics for *not* being deductive and using formal logic enough (my Ph.D. stats prof said he never thought formal logic "got you anywhere..."?) than anybody could learn it from this textbook. (Note: you must get older editions of logic textbooks as the newer ones are all watered-down "baby logic" and cover sometimes as little as half the topics as those classes did 30 years ago.) So goes "decision
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I read an earlier edition, obviously, because this one was published in 2001 and I read it as the text for a logic class in 1982; however, I still have the book in a handy spot on the shelf, which I can't say about any other book from that year, so it's stayed current and useful - a lot of its content is timeless.
This was a great eye-opener for me; I'd always had a skeptical and questioning way of thinking, but often although I'd have a gut sense that something I was hearing (in a commercial, a ...more
This was a great eye-opener for me; I'd always had a skeptical and questioning way of thinking, but often although I'd have a gut sense that something I was hearing (in a commercial, a ...more
Read this as a first-semester senior in college with Dr. Bob Taylor. In a class of 40 or so, I was first in the class all semester, and then on the final exam, I forgot to study an entire section, and I dropped down to second.
I can remember sitting there for a minute after the bell had rung to end the exam hour, and I was stuck on a certain problem. Suddenly it just came to me. I went to Dr. Taylor's office after he had graded them, and I had come up with the correct answer. ...more
I can remember sitting there for a minute after the bell had rung to end the exam hour, and I was stuck on a certain problem. Suddenly it just came to me. I went to Dr. Taylor's office after he had graded them, and I had come up with the correct answer. ...more
One of the best textbooks, Copi and Cohen don't miss a thing.
It is very difficult though since they use a lot of symbols and formulas for logical structures.
Logic is similar to learning a new language whether Spanish or Coding, it takes a lot of practice, something that the authors provide at the end of each chapter.
This book was also highly praised by Greg Bahnsen, he recommends it in almost all of his courses on philosophy or logic. ...more
It is very difficult though since they use a lot of symbols and formulas for logical structures.
Logic is similar to learning a new language whether Spanish or Coding, it takes a lot of practice, something that the authors provide at the end of each chapter.
This book was also highly praised by Greg Bahnsen, he recommends it in almost all of his courses on philosophy or logic. ...more
Probably the most universal logic textbook on college campus. It's become a classic at this point. It's hard to justify paying the insane price. Just go for an earlier edition (I used the 9th, which you can find for $2 at amazon, instead of $175). What makes this text unique is its focus on the function of language.
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This book introduces several methods of analyzing truth claims about reality and the universe and how to express these truths using mathematical symbols and formulae. I found some of it interesting, especially the section on argument fallacies but some of it seemed rather redundant. Rather how many different ways can we express "if A is true than B is also true" or conversely, "if C is not always true, then D cannot always (or ever) be true; if F is true, then G must be false..." and so on.
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Logic: post-structuralism to the contrary, it's what separates "us" from "them."
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Yes, I am a geek. This was a textbook. But it's really good!
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I read the free online version (http://intrologic.stanford.edu/public...) so this review is based on that.
Generally an interesting introduction, I wish my undergraduate computer science program covered some of these topics because I took several grad courses (at the same school) that seemed to expect them as prerequisite knowledge. The exercises based on the in-browser interactive theorem prover are fun and cool, seems like they would be a nice toy to play with before jumping into more advanced ...more
Generally an interesting introduction, I wish my undergraduate computer science program covered some of these topics because I took several grad courses (at the same school) that seemed to expect them as prerequisite knowledge. The exercises based on the in-browser interactive theorem prover are fun and cool, seems like they would be a nice toy to play with before jumping into more advanced ...more
The book begins with an introduction of the very basic terminology - propositions, premises, and conclusions. It might sound very naive to start this low, but it helped me to refer back to the precise definitions of these words while reading through the rest of the chapters.
Written in plain and simple language, the book covers a breadth of concepts from categorization of fallacies to Venn diagrams to necessary and sufficient conditions. Some of these were new to me while others were a pleasant ...more
Written in plain and simple language, the book covers a breadth of concepts from categorization of fallacies to Venn diagrams to necessary and sufficient conditions. Some of these were new to me while others were a pleasant ...more
this is one of the basic texts of intro logic which has gone thru many editions and iterations.
it covers aristotelian logic completely as well as syllogisms, then covers mathematical logic, then proceeds to the meat of logic, true false tables and making out logic charts from sentences. modal logics and alternate logics are discussed.
logic is very important if you want to think clearly, be a scientist or attorney, or if you want to be any kind of programmer.
that language is a kind of set of sym ...more
it covers aristotelian logic completely as well as syllogisms, then covers mathematical logic, then proceeds to the meat of logic, true false tables and making out logic charts from sentences. modal logics and alternate logics are discussed.
logic is very important if you want to think clearly, be a scientist or attorney, or if you want to be any kind of programmer.
that language is a kind of set of sym ...more
This is a superb book. A beautiful introduction to logic and related subjects. Simple and easy to understand but comprehensive in scope and depth of coverage rich in historical and philosophical context. I suppose everyone has to go through Aristotle's syllogistic logic at least once - but even that was OK. There is an illuminating study of all the classical fallacies. Ad baculum! This is when they hit you with a stick if you disagree. An increasingly common form of fallacious 'argument'. A stud
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This is a superb book. A beautiful introduction to logic and related subjects. Simple and easy to understand but comprehensive in scope and depth of coverage rich in historical and philosophical context. I suppose everyone has to go through Aristotle's syllogistic logic at least once - but even that was OK. There is an illuminating study of all the classical fallacies. Ad baculum! This is when they hit you with a stick if you disagree. An increasingly common form of fallacious 'argument'. A stud
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2021-03-27 This was my textbook for college Logic class that I took about 1975. I liked the text and the class very much. I think I did very well in it because of that. I especially liked the Informal Fallacies section since it is so helpful in finding weaknesses in people's arguments, and also of people trying to "sell" you something that might not be in your best interest. Politicians, some salesmen, some marketing campaigns, etc.
This is a good book, but for an even better logic book, I recomm ...more
This is a good book, but for an even better logic book, I recomm ...more
Mind blowing. It was one the best books I have read in my life. It has changed my way of thinking and my concepts about mathematics. I think this book must be taught to every mathematician, at early stage. Mathematics is tasteless without understanding reasoning and logic.
It's needs to include more examples and the mechanics of the crucial thinking process
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It's an educative college book
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I had to read book where is it....After so many step I couldn't find.....
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My logic professor called the Copi and Cohen text a "libraso", a rather informal way of saying the book is a classic in the field. I couldn't agree more.
The section on diagraming arguments not only provides an excellent primer on the structure of reasoning, but also includes a huge number of examples taken from very interesting primary sources. This means that you learn the elements of logic while also learning key ideas from the history of philosophy.
The section on logical fallacies has foreve ...more
The section on diagraming arguments not only provides an excellent primer on the structure of reasoning, but also includes a huge number of examples taken from very interesting primary sources. This means that you learn the elements of logic while also learning key ideas from the history of philosophy.
The section on logical fallacies has foreve ...more
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