Basics of Reasoning / Edition 1

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Overview

Based upon the authors' successful ELEMENTS OF REASONING, this text is an even more concise introduction to the basic elements of argumentative prose and the tools to understand, analyze, criticize and construct arguments. More direct, essential coverage of basics is provided with fewer exercises.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534538842
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 8/17/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronald Munson is Professor of Philosophy of Science and Medicine at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He received his PhD from Columbia University and was Postdoctoral Fellow in Biology at Harvard University. He has been a visiting professor at University of California, San Diego, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and Harvard Medical School. A nationally acclaimed bioethicist, Munson is a medical ethicist for the National Eye Institute and a consultant for the National Cancer Institute. He is also a member of the Washington University School of Medicine Human Studies Committee. In addition to being the author of a number of science and ethics books, he is also the author of the novels NOTHING HUMAN, FAN MAIL, and NIGHT VISION.

David A. Conway received his Ph.D. at Princeton University and has written in the areas of social philosophy and philosophy of religion. Currently he is Associate Professor Emeritus at the University of Missouri, St. Louis.

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Table of Contents

Preface. Orientation. 1. Recognizing Arguments. 2. Analyzing Arguments. 3. Evaluating Arguments. 4. Some Valid Argument Forms. 5. More Valid Argument Forms: Categorical Reasoning and Venn Diagrams. 6. Causal Analysis. 7. Argument by Analogy and Models. 8. Definition. 9. Vagueness and Ambiguity. 10. Reasonable Belief. Answers to Selected Exercises. Index.

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