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This classic text, first published in 1971, has introduced tens of thousands of students to sound reasoning using a wealth of current, relevant, and stimulating examples all put together and explained in Howard Kahane's uniquely witty and invigorating writing style. Long the choice of instructors who want to "keep students interested", LOGIC AND CONTEMPORARY RHETORIC combines examples from TV, newspapers, magazines, advertisements, and, in typical Kahanian fashion, our nation¹s political dialogue. The text not only brings the concepts alive for students, but puts critical thinking skills into a context that students will retain and use throughout their lives. This is a book you can actually count on students to read.
Preface. 1. Good and Bad Reasoning. 2. More on Deduction and Induction. 3. Fallacious Reasoning: Part One. 4. Fallacious Reasoning: Part Two. 5. Fallacious Reasoning: Part Three. 6. Psychological Impediments to Cogent Reasoning: Shooting Ourselves in the Foot. 7. Language. 8. Evaluating Extended Arguments. 9. Writing Cogent (and Persuasive) Essays. 10. Advertising: Selling the Product. 11. Managing the News. 12. Textbooks: Managing World Views. Appendix: More on Cogent Reasoning. Answers to Starred Exercise Items. Bibliography. Annotated List of Periodicals. Glossary. Index.