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This brief and flexible introductory level text is designed to illustrate the power of logic as a tool for critical thinking in various facets of life by increasing students' ability to understand, analyze, evaluate, and construct arguments.The Power of Logicprovides balanced coverage of informal logic, traditional categorical logic, and modern symbolic logic. The authors' direct and accessible writing style, along with a wealth of relevant examples and imaginative exercises, make this an ideal text for today's logic classes.
Table of Contents
|Validity and Soundness|
|Forms and Validity|
|Counterexamples and Invalidity|
|Strength and Cogency|
|Arguments and Nonarguments|
|Logic and Language|
|Logic, Meaning, and Emotive Force|
|Using Definitions to Evaluate Arguments|
|Fallacies of Irrelevance|
|Fallacies Involving Ambiguity|
|Fallacies Involving Unwarranted Assumptions|
|Categorical Logic: Statements|
|Standard Forms of Categorical Statements|
|The Traditional Square of Opposition|
|Further Immediate Inferences|
|Categorical Logic: Syllogisms|
|Standard Form, Mood, and Figure|
|Venn Diagrams and Categorical Statements|
|Venn Diagrams and Categorical Syllogisms|
|The Modern Square of Opposition|
|Sorites and Removing Term-Complements|
|Rules for Evaluating Syllogisms|
|Statement Logic: Truth Tables|
|Symbolizing English Arguments|
|Using Truth Tables to Evaluate Arguments|
|Abbreviated Truth Tables|
|Logically Significant Categories and Relationships|
|Statement Logic: Proofs|
|Implicational Rules of Inference|
|Five Equivalence Rules|
|Five More Equivalence Rules|
|Reductio ad Absurdum|
|Predicates and Quantifiers|
|Quantifier Negation, RAA, and CP|
|The Logic of Relations: Symbolizations|
|The Logic of Relations: Proofs|
|Inductive and Deductive Logic: Contrasts and Clarifications|
|Arguments from Authority and Induction by Enumeration|
|Mill's Methods and Scientific Reasoning|
|Arguments from Analogy|
|Three Theories of Probability|
|The Rules of Probability|
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