The Art of Reasoning: Readings for Logical Analysis

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This collection of forty-four readings enables students to hone their reasoning skills by engaging fully developed arguments from across the disciplines.
Selections are organized around ten broad themes, including education, science, abortion, the causes of crimes, and the existence of God. An alternative table of contents classifies selections by logical genre and the use of techniques such as generalization, analogy, statistical reasoning, ...
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Overview

This collection of forty-four readings enables students to hone their reasoning skills by engaging fully developed arguments from across the disciplines.
Selections are organized around ten broad themes, including education, science, abortion, the causes of crimes, and the existence of God. An alternative table of contents classifies selections by logical genre and the use of techniques such as generalization, analogy, statistical reasoning, and explanation. Study questions at the end of each reading help to focus student analysis.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393972146
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/1998
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 342
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

David Kelley earned his PhD in philosophy from Princeton University and has taught at Vassar College and Brandeis University. He is Executive Director of The Atlas Society in Washington, DC.
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Table of Contents


(New selections denoted by an asterisk)

Preface

On Torture andMurder
Michael Levin, The Case for Torture
Cesare Bonesana, Torture
*Vincent Bugliosi, O.J. Was Guilty
*Johnnie Cochran, O.J. Was Not Guilty
John Henry Wigmore, The Borden Case
Sigmund Freud, Human Nature Is Inherently Bad

On the Causes of Crime
Michael Harrington, Defining Poverty
David Rubinstein, Don't Blame Crime on Joblessness
Don B. Kates, Jr., Handgun Bans: Facts to Fight With
John Henry Sloan, et al., Handgun Regulations, Crime, Assaults, and Homicide: A Tale of Two Cities

On the Death Penalty
Sissel Seteras Stokes, Against the Death Penalty
H. L. Mencken, The Penalty of Death
Justice William Brennan, Furman v. Georgia
*Justice Stewart, Gregg v. Georgia 428
U. S. 153, (excerpts from parts III, IV, and V)

On the Arts
John Enright, What is Poetry
*Jesse Helms, The NEA Should Not Fund Obscenity
*Robert Hughes, A Loony Parody of Cultural Democracy
*Robert Samuelson, High Brow Pork Barrel
*Steven Durland, Censorship, Multiculturalism, and Symbols
*Marsha Familiaro Enright, Why Music Cause Emotion?

On Science
Stephen Jay Gould, Sex, Drugs, Disasters, and the Extinction of Dinosaurs
Murdock Pencil (a.k.a. Michael Paconowsky), Salt Passage Research: The State of the Art
*Carl Hempel, Semmelweis' Discovery
*Charles Darwin, Recapitulation and Conclusion (from The Orgin of Species)
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Children Should Not Be Reasoned With
Sheila Tobias, Mathematics and Sex
Caroline Bird, College is a Waste of Time and Money
*Max Shulman, Love is a Fallacy

On Justice and Rights
Niccolo Machiavelli, On Cruelty and Clemency: Whether It Is Better to Be Loved or Feared
Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence
Hosea L. Martin, A Few Kind Words for Affirmative Action
Lisa H. Newton, Bakke v. Davis: Justice American Style
Alan M. Dershowitz, Shouting "Fire!"

On Economic Freedom and Government Regulation
Justice Louis Brandeis, New State Ice Co., v. Leibmann
Henry Hazlitt, Who's Protected by Tariffs?
Linda Gorman, Minimum Wages
Isaac Shapiro, The Dispute Over the Minimum Wage
*Liberty Network Association, The New World Order

On Abortion
Ronald Reagan, Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation
Baruch Brody, Fetal Humanity and Brain Function
Laurence Tribe, Opposition to Abortion Is Not Based on Alledged Rights to Life
Mary Ann Warren, On the Moral and Legal Status of Abortion

On the Existence of God
E. K. Daniel, Two Proofs of God's Existence
George H. Smith, God Does Not Exist
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