Copi studied under nobel laureate Bertrand Russell while at the University of Chicago. 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.
Copi is probably best known as the author of Introduction to Logic and Symbolic Logic, both widely used, with the former currently in its 14th edition. While a professor emeritus at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Copi acknowledged David A. Mihaila for his contribution to Introduction to Logic, the only University of Hawaii student in the history of the university to be honored in Copi's classic.
Books by Copi
- 1953. Introduction to Logic. Macmillan.
- 1954. Symbolic Logic. Macmillan.
- 1965 (edited with Paul Hente). Language, Thought and Culture. The University of Michigan Press.
- 1966 (edited with Robert Beard). Essays on Wittgenstein's Tractatus.
- 1967 (edited with James Gould). Contemporary Readings in Logical Theory. Macmillan.
- 1971. The theory of logical types. Routledge and Kegan Paul.
- 1986 (with Keith Burgess-Jackson). Informal Logic. Macmillan.
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