Informal Logic A Handbook for Critical Argument

ISBN-10: 0521379253
ISBN-13: 9780521379250
Edition: 1989
List price: $34.99
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Description: This is an introductory guide to the basic principles of constructing good arguments and criticizing bad ones. It is nontechnical in its approach, and is based on 150 key examples, each discussed and evaluated in clear, illustrative detail. The  More...

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Book details

List price: $34.99
Copyright year: 1989
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/28/1989
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 310
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

This is an introductory guide to the basic principles of constructing good arguments and criticizing bad ones. It is nontechnical in its approach, and is based on 150 key examples, each discussed and evaluated in clear, illustrative detail. The author explains how errors, fallacies, and other key failures of argument occur. He shows how correct uses of argument are based on sound argument strategies for reasoned persuasion and critical questions for responding. Among the many subjects covered are: techniques of posing, replying to, and criticizing questions, forms of valid argument, relevance, appeals to emotion, personal attack, uses and abuses of expert opinion, problems in deploying statistics, loaded terms, equivocation, and arguments from analogy.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Argument as reasoned dialogue
Questions and answers in dialogue
Criticisms of irrelevance
Appeals to emotion
Valid arguments
Personal attack in argumentation
Appeals to authority
Inductive errors, bias, and fallacies
Natural language argumentation
Bibliography
Index

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