Simple Logic by Daniel BonevacSimple Logic by Daniel Bonevac

Simple Logic

byDaniel BonevacEditorRobert C. Solomon

Hardcover | July 15, 1998

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Written by an accomplished teacher, scholar, and writer, Simple Logic is unique in its sensitivity to today's student audience; it provides philosophical writing samples that are interesting and relevant to students' lives. Daniel Bonevac's clear writing style and careful presentation helpstudents to easily understand key concepts, terms, and examples. He features a multitude of stimulating examples drawn from literary texts and contemporary culture, from figures as varied as Voltaire, Confucius, and Bart Simpson. Simple Logic succeeds in conveying the standard topics in introductory logic with easy-to-understand explanations of rules and methods, while concentrating the discussion on fundamental topics taught by the majority of logic instructors.
Daniel Bonevac is at University of Texas at Austin.
Title:Simple LogicFormat:HardcoverDimensions:608 pages, 6.5 × 9.21 × 1.1 inPublished:July 15, 1998Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195155025

ISBN - 13:9780195155020


Table of Contents

Part I: Logic and LanguageChapter 1: Reasoning1.1. Premises and Conclusions1.2. Recognizing Arguments1.3. Extended Arguments1.4. Validity and Strength1.5. Implication and Equivalence1.6. Form and InvalidityChapter 2: Language2.1. Reason and Emotion2.2. Goals of Definition2.3. Means of Definition2.4. Criteria for DefinitionsChapter 3: Informal Fallacies3.1. Fallacies of Evidence3.2. Fallacies of Relevance: Credibility3.3. Fallacies of Relevance: Confusion3.4. Fallacies of Relevance: Manipulation3.5. Inductive Fallacies3.6. Fallacies of ClarityPart II: Aristotelian LogicChapter 4: Categorical Propositions4.1. Kinds of Categorical Proposition4.2. Categorical Propositions in Natural Language4.3. Diagramming Categorical Propositions4.4. Immediate Inference4.5. The Aristotelian Square of Opposition4.6. The Modern Square of OppositionChapter 5: Syllogisms5.1. Standard Form5.2. Venn Diagrams5.3. Distribution5.4. Rules for Validity5.5. ReductionPart III: Symbolic LogicChapter 6: Propositional Logic6.1. Connectives6.2. Truth Functions6.3. Symbolization6.4. A Symbolic Language6.5. Logical Properties of Statements6.6. Truth Tables for Statements6.7. Truth Tables for Symbolic ArgumentsChapter 7: Semantic Tableaux7.1. Motivation7.2. Tableaux7.3. Negation, Conjunction, and Disjunction7.4. Policies7.5. The Conditional and Biconditional7.6. Other ApplicationsChapter 8: Proof8.1. Rules and Proofs8.2. Rules of Implication I: Conjunctions and Conditionals8.3. Rules of Implication II: Disjunctions8.4. Rules of Replacement: Connectives8.5. Rules of Replacement: Algebra8.6. Categorical Proofs8.7. Indirect ProofsChapter 9: Predicate Logic9.1. Quantifiers9.2. Categorical Statement Forms9.3. Symbolization9.4. Quantified Tableaux9.5. Quantified Proofs9.6. Universal GeneralizationPart IV: InductionChapter 10: Generalizations and Analogies10.1. Inductive Strength10.2. Enumeration10.3. Statistical Generalizations10.4. AnalogiesChapter 11: Causes11.1. Kinds of Causes11.2. Agreement and Difference11.3. Residues and Concomitant VariationChapter 12: Explanations12.1. Generalizations and Laws12.2. The Hypothetico-Deductive Method12.3. Confirmation and Auxiliary Assumptions12.4. Evaluating ExplanationsAnswers to Selected ProblemsGlossaryIndex