How to Think Logically

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/1/2008
  • Publisher: Longman
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This concise, affordable, and engaging new 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 authorrs"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.

Table of Contents

About the Authors
The Building Blocks Of Reasoning
What Is Logical Thinking?
And Why Should We Care?
The Study of Reasoning
Inference or Argument
1.2Logic and Reasoning
3 Dimensions of the Subject
Formal Logic
Informal Logic
1.3Arguments and Non-Arguments
1.4Argument Analysis
Reconstructing and Evaluating Arguments
Identifying Premises and Conclusion
Premise and Conclusion
Arguments with No Premise or Conclusion
1.5The Philosopher's Corner
What is Philosophical About All This?
1.7Key Words
Thinking Logically and Speaking One's Mind
Rational Acceptability
Logical Connectedness
Evidential Support
Truth and Evidence
2.2Beyond Rational Acceptability
Linguistic Merit
Retorical Power
Rhetoric vs. Logical Thinking
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