Logic books.

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  1. ReformedChapin

    ReformedChapin Puritan Board Freshman

    I am looking for good introduction to logic books. Any recommendations would be appreciate it. thank you. :graduate:
     
  2. Brian Bosse

    Brian Bosse "The Brain"

    Julio,

    I am happy to help. Tell me, what are you looking for this logic book to do for you?

    Brian
     
  3. ReformedChapin

    ReformedChapin Puritan Board Freshman

    Just have a basic understanding to logic which I think is important for exegesis.
     
  4. timmopussycat

    timmopussycat Puritan Board Junior

  5. Brian Bosse

    Brian Bosse "The Brain"

    Julio,

    I have not heard of the book recommended by Tim. A pretty comprehensive introduction to logic is the mainstay Introduction to Logic by Copi. Don't worry about buying the latest edition - too expensive. You should be able to find a 10th edition for somewhere between $20 and $30.

    Now, in terms of argumentation and sound reasoning I recommend the following:

    (1) With Good Reason by S. Morris Engel
    (2) A Rulebook for Arguments by Anthony Weston

    For a very good introduction to the logic of the syllogism look to Martin Cothran's Traditional Logic both books 1 and 2.

    Copi's book will touch on everything mentioned above.

    Sincerely,

    Brian
     
  6. glorifyinggodinwv

    glorifyinggodinwv Puritan Board Sophomore

    Julio,

    I second Brian's recommendation for Copi. His introduction was pretty much the standard for logic classes when I was a philosophy major back in the early 90s. You can find a used older edition on Amazon at a very reasonable price.

    Chris
     
  7. JM

    JM Puritan Board Professor

    I picked up Copi's book second hand and have enjoyed it.
     
  8. ReformedChapin

    ReformedChapin Puritan Board Freshman

    It does include all the basics of logic such as the Law of Non-Contradiction, Law of Casuality, Syllogisms, Inductive and Deductive logic ect right ?
     
  9. Brian Bosse

    Brian Bosse "The Brain"

    Yup! It is pretty comprehensive. Although, the law of causality is really not a logical law, and as such you will not find much in Copi on it. Also, induction may be treated, but Copi's book is mainly concered with deduction - necessary inference. However, he does have a good section on informal fallacies.
     
  10. glorifyinggodinwv

    glorifyinggodinwv Puritan Board Sophomore

    Julio,

    It has been a long time since I read Copi, but I think the standard Introduction to Logic covers all the things you mention. Someone who has read Copi more recently may be able to give a more informed response.

    Chris
     
  11. brandonadams

    brandonadams Puritan Board Freshman

  12. cih1355

    cih1355 Puritan Board Junior

  13. Craig

    Craig Puritan Board Senior

    I've got an old edition of Copi's introduction to logic. It is very readable. Much more readable than Gordon Clark's book on Logic...that one, while I'm sure technically great, is not a good primer.

    I got my old edition of Copi for under $10 from alibris.com
     
  14. jwithnell

    jwithnell Moderator Staff Member

    I didn't realize how far-reaching Copi was (or is). I used that logic book in college back in the early 1980s and bought it again a few years ago.
     
  15. Kevin

    Kevin Puritan Board Doctor

  16. kalawine

    kalawine Puritan Board Junior

  17. ReformedChapin

    ReformedChapin Puritan Board Freshman

  18. kalawine

    kalawine Puritan Board Junior

    Clark's book is written as a text book for students. He is very thorough and "begins at the beginning" with logic. He teaches the laws of logic as well as the diffences between formal and informal logic. One thing I enjoyed about the book is Clark's use of the Euler Diagrams.
     
  19. Brian Bosse

    Brian Bosse "The Brain"

    Hello Gents,

    I own Clark's book and do not recommend it for Julio's purposes. Clark is not as precise as one would like, and he uses unorthodox symbols in his presentation. I agree that his use of Euler's diagrams is very good. Yet, stay with Copi.

    As far as the Bluedorn's books go (The Fallacy Detective and The Thinking Tool Box), they are very good, and are geared to the homeschool audience.

    Sincerely,

    Brian
     
  20. PuritanCovenanter

    PuritanCovenanter Moderator Staff Member

  21. Grymir

    Grymir Puritan Board Graduate

    Ditto's on Hurley.
     
  22. Igor

    Igor Puritan Board Freshman

    Seems like you can get the latest edition cheaper: ISBN 0136141390 - AbeBooks
    BTW, are there any books on the subject written from the theistic perspective?
     
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  23. Brian Withnell

    Brian Withnell Puritan Board Junior

    What is amazing to me is that so many have written entire books on what is a single chapter of most discrete math books. (Well, two chapters if you include proof by mathematical induction.) Give me a book on Boolean Algebra, and the rest is application.
     
  24. ReformedChapin

    ReformedChapin Puritan Board Freshman

    I was recommended Logic, or the Right Use of Reason By Isaac Watts which is written from a Christian perspective. I thought that was what people were going to recommend here but I guess not.

    Logic, or the Right Use of Reason - By: Isaac Watts - Christianbook.com
     
  25. Igor

    Igor Puritan Board Freshman

    Thanks a lot! I already like it and am planning to place an order. Can anybody say something about it?
     
  26. JM

    JM Puritan Board Professor

  27. The Calvin Knight

    The Calvin Knight Puritan Board Freshman

    Definitely go with Hurley, I used it for my symbolic logic class. It was easy to follow and covers pretty much all the basics.
     
  28. Brian Bosse

    Brian Bosse "The Brain"

    Gentlemen,

    I own Isaac Watt's book, and DO NOT recommend it for learning logic. It is archaic and not easy to follow. Stick with Copi or Hurley.

    Brian
     
  29. A.J.

    A.J. Puritan Board Junior

    Julio, go with Copi. I used it also back in college, and it's a good book.
     
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