The Elements of Reasoningby Munson, Ronald; Black, Andrew
Complimentary 7-Day eTextbook Access
When you rent or buy this book, you will receive complimentary 7-day online access to the eTextbook version from your PC, Mac, tablet, or smartphone. Feature not included on Marketplace Items.
Questions About This Book?
Why should I rent this book?
Renting is easy, fast, and cheap! Renting from eCampus.com can save you hundreds of dollars compared to the cost of new or used books each semester. At the end of the semester, simply ship the book back to us with a free UPS shipping label! No need to worry about selling it back.
How do rental returns work?
Returning books is as easy as possible. As your rental due date approaches, we will email you several courtesy reminders. When you are ready to return, you can print a free UPS shipping label from our website at any time. Then, just return the book to your UPS driver or any staffed UPS location. You can even use the same box we shipped it in!
What version or edition is this?
This is the 6th edition with a publication date of 1/1/2011.
What is included with this book?
- The New copy of this book will include any supplemental materials advertised. Please check the title of the book to determine if it should include any CDs, lab manuals, study guides, etc.
- The Used copy of this book is not guaranteed to include any supplemental materials. Typically, only the book itself is included.
- The Rental copy of this book is not guaranteed to include any supplemental materials. You may receive a brand new copy, but typically, only the book itself.
- The eBook copy of this book is not guaranteed to include any supplemental materials. Typically only the book itself is included.
THE ELEMENTS OF REASONING is a concise and lucid introduction to the basic elements of argumentative prose and the conceptual tools necessary to understand, analyze, criticize, and construct arguments. This text is not only perfect for a college course in argument analysis, but also as a reference tool when confronted with arguments outside the classroom experience. While THE ELEMENTS OF REASONING covers the standard formal tools of introductory logic, its emphasis is on practical applications to the kinds of arguments students most often encounter.
Table of Contents
|Using This Book|
|What Is an Argument?|
|Three General Considerations|
|Multiple Conclusions and Complex Arguments|
|Showing the Structure of Arguments|
|Strategies of Analysis|
|Two Special Problems|
|Analyzing a Complex Argument: An Example|
|Overall Argument Evaluation|
|Some Valid Argument Forms|
|Valid Argument Forms|
|Two Invalid Argument Forms|
|Using the Forms to Show Validity|
|Using Inference and Equivalence Rules|
|Deductive Proof Strategies|
|More Valid Argument Forms: Categorical Reasoning and Venn Diagrams|
|Basic Causal Relationships|
|Contributing Factors as "Causes." Causal Explanations|
|Testing Causal Claims|
|Argument by Analogy and Models|
|Evaluating Analogical Reasoning|
|Errors in Reasoning: Fallacies|
|Fallacies in Supporting a Claim|
|Fallacies of Criticism and Response|
|Definition of "Definition." Two Types of Definition|
|Methods of Definition|
|Standards of Definition|
|Working Out a Definition|
|Vagueness and Ambiguity|
|Granted Claims and Acceptable Beliefs|
|New Claims, Background Beliefs, and Rationality|
|Rules for Writing|
|Exercises: Some Answers, Hints, and Comments|
|Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.|