This book grew out of the conviction, not in itself strange or startling, that the ordinary person can and should think straight rather than crooked.'
Patrick Shaw has written a commonsense introduction to the use of logic in everyday thought and argument. It explains some of the rules of good argument and some of the ways in which arguments can fail, drawing illustrations from a variety of contemporary and international sources, such as the press, radio, and television. Symbols and technicalities are kept to a minimum in this thorough and provocative investigation of the rational approach to thought - and its limitations. Logic and Its Limits emphasizes the use of logic in helping to settle and clarify disputes. It will help the reader to avoid bad arguments, to detect them in others, and so to think and argue more effectively. A wide range of thought-provoking examples and exercises concerned with contemporary social and political issues make this a readable and stimulating guide for the student and general reader alike.
`Within its set limits, the book is both accessible and entertaining. ...I was particularly pleased by the discussion on statistical inference. ...Logic and its Limits contains many pleasures. ...Moreover, in an appendix, Shaw present as clear an exposition of the shortcomings of syllogistic logic as I have yet seen. ...a simple, easily-digested introductory text on logic, one that will help you analyse both your arguments and those of others, and one
that will at least tell you something of what logic is about, you can do a lot worse than buy this book. I have no hesitation in recommending
ogic and its Limits to my students.'
Edward Ingram is Fellow in Philosophy, School of Psychology
3: Validity: `if ... then'
4: Validity: disjunctions and dilemmas
5: Getting the premises right
6: Sticking to the point
7: Meaning and definition
8: Divisions and distinctions
10: `All' and `some'
11: Arguments with `all' and `some
12: Groups and individuals
13: Probability, evidence and causes
14: Probability: statistics
15: Indirect proofs
16: Authority and repute
17: Practical reasoning
18: Being rational: final remarks
Answers to exercises
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st December 1997
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.9
Weight (kg): 0.22
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised