The best introduction to good reasoning available today, Logic and Contemporary Rhetoric: The Use of Reason in Everyday Life effectively illustrates when rational thought is skewed and the importance of background beliefs to cogent reasoning. On every page, these authors invite you to laugh, ponder, roll your eyes in disbelief at the flagrant dispensers of rhetoric that we love to hate - and, in the process, hone your own reasoning skills to a fine point.
This textbook introduces students to logic and contemporary rhetoric, particularly as applied to problems encountered in everyday life as well as social and political issues. Using examples drawn from sources such as television, newspapers, advertisements, and political speeches, Kahane (U. of Maryland) and Cavender (College of Marin) encourage students to think critically about issues such as abortion, diets, drugs, and astrology. A sampling of topics includes deduction and induction, fallacious reasoning, the manipulation of language, evaluating and writing cogent essays, and sources of information. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Howard Kahane (deceased) is considered one of the founders of the critical-thinking movement, an approach to logic that makes it less abstract and more practical as a tool for analyzing political and social issues.
Nancy M. Cavender is Professor Emeritus at the College of Marin.
Preface. 1. Introductory Overview. 2. Background Beliefs and World Views. 3. Fallacious Reasoning: Part I. 4. Fallacious Reasoning: Part Two. 5. Fallacious Reasoning: Part Three. 6. Impediments to Cogent Reasoning. 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. Index.