How to Think Logically

ISBN-10: 0205154980

ISBN-13: 9780205154982

Edition: 2nd 2012 (Revised)

Authors: Gary Seay, Susana Nuccetelli

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This concise, affordable, and engaging text is designed for introductory courses on logic and critical thinking. This unique book covers the basic principles of informal logic while also raising substantive issues in other areas of philosophy: epistemology, ethics, philosophy of language, and philosophy of science. The author's presentation strikes a careful balance: it offers clear, jargon-free writing while preserving rigor. Brimming with numerous pedagogical features this accessible text assists students with analysis, reconstruction, and evaluation of arguments and helps them become independent, analytical thinkers. Introductory students are exposed to the basic principles of reasoning while also having their appetites whetted for future courses in philosophy.
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Book details

List price: $53.60
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 7/28/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.408
Language: English

The Building Blocks Of Reasoning
What Is Logical Thinking? And Why Should We Care?
Thinking Logically and Speaking One's Mind
The Virtues of Belief
Reason And Argument
Tips for Argument Analysis
Evaluating Deductive Arguments
Analyzing Inductive Arguments
Informal Fallacies
Some Ways an Argument Can Fail
Avoiding Ungrounded Assumptions
From Unclear Language to Unclear Reasoning
Avoiding Irrelevant Premises
More On Deductive Reasoning
Compound Propositions
Checking the Validity of Propositional Arguments
Categorical Propositions and Immediate Inferences
Categorical Syllogisms
Appendix: Summary of Informal Fallacies
Answers to Selected Exercises
Glossary/Index
The Building Blocks Of Reasoning
What Is Logical Thinking? And Why Should We Care?
The Study of Reasoning
Logic and Reasoning
What Arguments Are
Reconstructing Arguments
Arguments and Non-arguments
Chapter Summary
Key Words
Thinking Logically and Speaking One's Mind
Rational Acceptability
Beyond Rational Acceptability
From Mind to Language
Indirect Use and Figurative Language
Definition: An Antidote to Unclear Language
Chapter Summary
Key Words
The Virtues of Belief
Belief, Disbelief, and Non-Belief
Beliefs' Virtues and Vices
Accuracy and Truth
Reasonableness
Consistency
Conservatism and Revisability
Rationality vs . Irrationality
Chapter Summary
Key Words
Reason And Argument
Tips for Argument Analysis
A Principled Way of Reconstructing Arguments
Missing Premises
Extended Arguments
Types of Reason
Norms and Argument
Chapter Summary
Key Words
Evaluating Deductive Arguments
Validity
Soundness
Cogency
Chapter Summary
Key Words
Analyzing Inductive Arguments
Reconstructing Inductive Arguments
Some Types of Inductive Argument
Evaluating Inductive Arguments
Chapter Summary
Key Words
INFORMAL FALLACIES
Some Ways an Argument Can Fail
What Is a Fallacy?
Classification of Informal Fallacies
When Inductive Arguments Go Wrong
Chapter Summary
Key Words
Avoiding Ungrounded Assumptions
Fallacies of Presumption
Begging the Question
Begging-the-Question-Against
Complex Question
False Alternatives
Accident
Chapter Summary
Key Words
From Unclear Language to Unclear Reasoning
Unclear Language and Argument Failure
Semantic Unclarity
Vagueness
Ambiguity
Confused Predication
Chapter Summary
Key Words
Avoiding Irrelevant Premises
Fallacies of Relevance
Appeal to Pity
Appeal to Force
Appeal to Emotion
Ad Hominem
Beside the Point
Straw Man
Is the Appeal to Emotion Always Fallacious?
Chapter Summary
Key Words
More On Deductive Reasoning
Compound Propositions
Argument as a Relation Between Propositions
Simple and Compound Propositions
Symbolizing Compound Propositions
Defining Connectives with Truth Tables
Truth Tables for Compound Propositions
Chapter Summary
Key Words
Checking the Validity of Propositional Arguments
Checking Validity with Truth Tables
Formal Fallacies
A Simplified Approach to Proofs of Validity
Chapter Summary
Key Words
Categorical Propositions and Immediate Inferences
What Is a Categorical Proposition?
Venn Diagrams for Categorical Propositions
The Square of Opposition
Other Immediate Inferences
Chapter Summary
Key Words
Categorical Syllogisms
What Is a Categorical Syllogism?
Syllogistic Argument Forms
Testing for Validity with Venn Diagrams
Distribution of Terms
Rules of Validity and Syllogistic Fallacies
Chapter Summary
Key Words
Appendix: Summary of Informal Fallacies
Answers to Selected Exercises
Glossary/Index
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