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How to Do Things with Logic: Exercise Book to Accompany :  Exercise Book to Accompany - William Bechtel

How to Do Things with Logic: Exercise Book to Accompany

Exercise Book to Accompany

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In the past 15 years a host of critical thinking books have appeared that teach students to find flaws in the arguments of others by learning to detect a number of informal fallacies. This book is not in that tradition. The authors of this book believe that while students learn to become vicious critics, they still continue to make the very mistakes they criticize in others. Thus, this book has adopted the approach of teaching the construction of good arguments first and then introducing criticism as a secondary skill. Moreover, the emphasis of the book is not on learning to name fallacies, but on being able to identify weaknesses in an argument so as to be able to construct an effective critique of that argument. The book is accompanied by a workbook featuring a wealth of examples to help students acquire the material.

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Logic as A Toolp. 1
The Nature of Argumentsp. 11
Valid Argument Formsp. 24
The Basic Argumentative Essay: Identifying Your Audience and Developing Your Conclusionp. 61
The Basic Argumentative Essay: Generating A Logical Diagram and Written Prosep. 76
Evaluation Argumentsp. 106
Critiques: the Essential Preparationp. 127
Critiques: Types of Objectionsp. 136
Critiques: Presenting Objectionsp. 156
Defending Against A Critiquep. 170
Authorityp. 181
The Logic of Explanationp. 217
Arguing from Analogyp. 247
Subject Indexp. 261
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ISBN: 9780805800777
ISBN-10: 0805800778
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 112
Published: March 1994
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 27.94 x 22.23  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 1