Copilovich or Copilowish
July 28, 1917
|Died||August 19, 2002 (aged 85)|
|Education||University of Chicago|
|Introduction to Logic (1953)|
|Institutions||University of Illinois|
|Academic advisors||Bertrand Russell|
|Calculus of relations|
Venn diagram method for syllogism testing
Reverse truth table method for syllogism testing
Copi taught at the University of Illinois, the United States Air Force Academy, Princeton University, and the Georgetown University Logic Institute, before teaching logic at the University of Michigan, 1958–69, and at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, 1969–90.
Assigned to teach logic, Copi reviewed textbooks available and decided to write his own. The manuscript was split into Introduction to Logic and Symbolic Logic. A reviewer noted that it had an "unusually comprehensive chapter on definition" and "The author accounts for the seductive nature of informal fallacies." The textbooks proved popular, and a reviewer of the third edition noted over 100 new exercises added. Both textbooks are widely used, with the former currently in its 14th edition.
In 1941 Copi married Amelia Glaser. They had four children David, Thomas, William, and Margaret.