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By Irving M. Copi

Introduction to Logic is a confirmed textbook that has been honed during the collaborative efforts of many students over the past 5 decades.  Its scrupulous realization to aspect and precision in exposition and clarification is matched via the best accuracy in all linked detail.  furthermore, it keeps to catch scholar curiosity via its custom-made human surroundings and present examples. The 14th version of Introduction to Logic, written through Copi, Cohen & McMahon, is devoted to the numerous hundreds of thousands of scholars and their academics - at enormous quantities of universities within the usa and all over the world - who've used its basic equipment and strategies of right reasoning of their daily lives.

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