Practical Logic An Antidote for Uncritical Thinking

ISBN-10: 0155030361
ISBN-13: 9780155030367
Edition: 5th 1998 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $261.95
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 12/17/1997
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 528
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.628
Language: English

The Fifth Edition of PRACTICAL LOGIC continues its tradition as a breakthrough introductory text by de-emphasizing symbolic logic and scientific method, instead presenting the practical aspects of logic and critical thinking. The text does not mistake technical apparatus (charts, decision trees, and models) for clarity, and consequently does not burden students with confusing and unnecessary barriers to critical assessment of arguments and claims. PRACTICAL LOGIC combines clear writing and a wealth of everyday examples to make logic accessible and relevant to the beginning student. Logic and critical thinking are even easier to understand in this streamlined new edition. With its clear language and interesting, realistic examples, students learn to recognize clear arguments and to employ critical thinking in all areas of study. Full treatment of knowledge claims (epistemology) addresses issues of expertise, authority, and relativity. Over 1200 exercises include open-ended discussion questions as well as standard exercises that help students review and assimilate concepts.

Douglas Soccio was professor of philosophy at Shasta College for nearly 30 years. In addition to ARCHETYPES OF WISDOM: AN INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY, 9E, he is the author of HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF PHILOSOPHY, and, with Vincent E. Barry, PRACTICAL LOGIC, all of which are published by Cengage Learning. For three years he wrote a weekly philosophy column for the REDDING RECORD SEARCHLIGHT. Now devoted to writing on a full-time basis, he is presently developing a collection of philosophical stories that express what he describes as "philosophy with a heart," a generous notion of philosophy that infuses all of his writing.

Arguments and Cases: Basic Anatomy
Recognition, Function, And Scope of Argument
Thinking Critically about Arguments
The Public Dimension
The Personal Dimension
Careless Language Use
Inattention to Subject Matter
Deductive Arguments
Categorical Syllogisms
Reconstructing Arguments
Additional Syllogisms
Inductive Arguments
Inductive Reasoning and Generalizations
Statistical Arguments
Analogical Arguments
Cause
Evaluating Arguments
Sophistries and Pseudo-science
Normative and Non-normative Arguments
Appendix: Venn Diagrams
Glossary
Answers to Selected Exercises
Index

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