Informal Logic

ISBN-10: 0132290480

ISBN-13: 9780132290487

Edition: 3rd 1996

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Appropriate for single-semester undergraduate courses in Critical Thinking, Informal Logic, Introduction to Logic, Communication, Science and Human Values, Rhetoric and Logic. The aim of Informal Logic, Third Edition is to teach basic critical, analytical and reasoning skills through the examination of arguments and explanations as they appear in natural language. While retaining the topical organization of the previous edition, much of the text has been rewritten to expand coverage and enhance clarity.
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Book details

List price: $211.40
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 9/25/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 314
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.10" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Introduction
The nature and utility of logic
Premises and conclusions
Diagrams for single arguments
Recognizing arguments
Passages expressing several arguments
Deduction and Induction
Truth, validity, and soundness
The use of reason in problem solving
Language
Functions of language
Discourse serving multiple functions
Forms of discourse
Emotive words
Kinds of agreement and disagreement
Emotively neutral language
Fallacies
The nature and classification of fallacies
Common informal fallacies
Passages for analysis
Definition
Purposes of definition
Types of definition
Kinds of meaning
Techniques for defining
Rules for definition by genus and difference
Analogy
Uses of analogy
Evaluating analogical arguments
Refutation by logical analogy
Causal Connections: Mill's Methods of Experimental Inquiry
The nature of causation
Mill's methods
The alleged circularity of Mill's methods
Science and Hypothesis
Values and disvalues of science
Explanations: scientific and nonscientific
Evaluating scientific explanations
The detective as scientist
Scientists in action: the pattern of scientific investigation
Crucial experiments and ad hoc hypotheses
Classification as hypothesis
Solutions to Selected Exercises
Index
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