Practical Reasoning in Natural Language
Edition: 4th 1997 (Revised)
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Description: Written especially for beginners, this basic manual/workbook shows how to analyze and evaluate any passage of reasoning or argumentation as it actually occurs in natural language contexts - e.g., books, articles, essays, speeches, editorials, conversations. This book presents a general method of ";natural logic";by which the logical structure of any argument -Scientific, philosophic, mathematical, political, religious, ethical, legal, ";inductive";, ";deductive";, modal, semantic, syntactic, evidentiary, etc. - can be graphically represented without; employing traditional methods used in logic textbooks (e.g. truth-tables, Venn diagrams, etc.). It shows how these techniques can be used to analyze a situation involving many pros and cons, and to identify the argument in discourse where the reasoning is obscure, complex or disorganized.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
List price: $142.60
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 10/25/1996
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Stephen Thomas is a senior research fellow at the University of Greenwich, UK. He has researched widely in energy policy and planning.
|Preface to the Instructor|
|Basic Analysis of Reasoning|
|What Is Reasoning|
|Reasons and Conclusions|
|Determining the Logical Structure of a Reasoned Discourse|
|Analyzing the Structure of Longer and More Complicated Arguments|
|Basic Evaluation of Reasoning|
|What Is Good Reasoning?|
|Some Valid Steps of Reasoning Using Conditional and Other Relationahips|
|The How and Why of Supplying Suppressed Premises<l>III</l>|
|Analyzing Muddy Reasoning or Confused Exposition|
|Common Mistakes in Reasoning|
|Additional Common Mistakes in Reasoning|
|More Common Mistakes in Reasoning|
|Practical Decision Making|
|Making Decisions Logically: Reasons For Actions and Reasons Against Actions|
|Reasons Against the Validity of Other Reasons|
|Analyzing Media Editorials|
|Analyzing Reasoning Expressed in Contemporary Editorial Style|
|Analyzing Philosophical Reasoning|
|Analyzing Long Linked Arguments|
|Analyzing Disorganized or Confused Complex Reasoning|