The Logic of Real Arguments / Edition 2

The Logic of Real Arguments / Edition 2

by Alec Fisher, Fisher Alec
     
 

Like other logic teachers, Fisher (economic and social studies, U. of East Anglia, UK) found that even students who could perfectly well manipulate the tools of logic had trouble applying them in any other context, where the argument actually had some substance. He here describes a non-formal procedure for extracting and evaluating arguments from written texts and for… See more details below

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Like other logic teachers, Fisher (economic and social studies, U. of East Anglia, UK) found that even students who could perfectly well manipulate the tools of logic had trouble applying them in any other context, where the argument actually had some substance. He here describes a non-formal procedure for extracting and evaluating arguments from written texts and for writing good arguments. To the 1988 edition, he has added chapters on the existence of God, and how minds and bodies interact. Exercises are included. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521654814
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/15/2004
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
236
Sales rank:
940,819
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

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Meet the Author

Alec Fisher was Director of the Centre for Research in Critical Thinking at the University of East Anglia, until his retirement in 1999. He is the author of Critical Thinking: An Introduction (Cambridge, 2001), which has already been translated into several languages. He continues to lecture and conduct workshops on reasoning and critical thinking skills all over the world.

Table of Contents

1Introduction1
2A general method of argument analysis15
3A first example - from Thomas Malthus29
4Reasoning about nuclear deterrence48
5An example from John Stuart Mill70
6Arguments about God's existence82
7How do your mind and body interact?99
8Suppose for the sake of argument that ...115
9An example from Karl Marx132
10Evaluating 'scientific' arguments. Some initial examples143
11Philosophical assumptions160
AppElementary formal logic172

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