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The Elements of Arguments : An Introduction to Critical Thinking and Logic - Phillip Turetzky

The Elements of Arguments

An Introduction to Critical Thinking and Logic

Paperback Published: 1st May 2019
ISBN: 9781554814077
Number Of Pages: 336

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The Elements of Arguments introduces such central critical thinking topics as informal fallacies, the difference between validity and truth, basic formal propositional logic, and how to extract arguments from texts. Turetzky aims to prevent common confusions by clearly explaining a number of important distinctions, including: propositions vs. propositional attitudes, propositions vs. states of affairs, and logic vs. rhetoric vs. psychology. Exercises are provided throughout, including numerous informal arguments that can be assessed using the skills and strategies presented within the text.

Introduction for Students

Introduction for Instructors


Chapter I: Basic Definitions and Structure of the Text

  • Part I Î"´ Arguments

  • Part II Î"´ Some Types of Arguments and Standards of Evaluation


Chapter II: Propositions

  • Part I Î"´ Truth and Falsity of Propositions

  • Part II Î"´ Identifying Propositions

  • Part III Î"´ Logic and Rhetoric

  • Part IV Î"´ Informal Fallacies


Chapter III: Compound Propositions and Truth Functional Connectives

  • Part I Î"´ Logical Negation

  • Part II Î"´ Logical Conjunction

  • Part III Î"´ Logical Disjunction

  • Part IV Î"´ Truth Functional Conditionals


Chapter IV: Logical Relations

  • Part I Î"´ Definitions of Some Logical Relations

  • Part II Î"´ Modal Concepts

  • Part III Î"´ Informal Fallacies of Equivocation


Chapter V: Argument Forms and their Evaluation

  • Part I Î"´ Argument Forms

  • Part II Î"´ Testing for Validity

  • Part III Î"´ From Validity to Soundness


Chapter VI: Arguments in Ordinary Language

  • Part I Î"´ Identifying Arguments

  • Part II Î"´ Diagramming the Flow of Premises and Conclusions

  • Part III Î"´ Principles of Interpretation: Enthymemes

  • Part IV Î"´ Argument Assessment Strategies

ISBN: 9781554814077
ISBN-10: 1554814073
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st May 2019
Country of Publication: CA
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 1

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