The Art of Deception: An Introduction to Critical Thinking

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Can you tell when you're being deceived?

This classic work on critical thinking — now fully updated and revised — uses a novel approach to teach the basics of informal logic. On the assumption that "it takes one to know one," the authors have written the book from the point of view of someone who wishes to deceive, mislead, or manipulate others. Having mastered the art of deception, readers will then be able to detect the misuse or abuse of logic when they encounter it in others...

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Overview

Can you tell when you're being deceived?

This classic work on critical thinking — now fully updated and revised — uses a novel approach to teach the basics of informal logic. On the assumption that "it takes one to know one," the authors have written the book from the point of view of someone who wishes to deceive, mislead, or manipulate others. Having mastered the art of deception, readers will then be able to detect the misuse or abuse of logic when they encounter it in others — whether in a heated political debate or while trying to evaluate the claims of a persuasive sales person.

Using a host of real-world examples, the authors show you how to win an argument, defend a case, recognize a fallacy, see through deception, persuade a skeptic, and turn defeat into victory. Not only do they discuss the fundamentals of logic (premises, conclusions, syllogisms, common fallacies, etc.), but they also consider important related issues often encountered in face-to-face debates, such as gaining a sympathetic audience, responding to audience reaction, using nonverbal devices, clearly presenting the facts, refutation, and driving home a concluding argument.

Whether you’re preparing for law school or you just want to become more adept at making your points and analyzing others’ arguments, The Art of Deception will give you the intellectual tools to become a more effective thinker and speaker. Helpful exercises and discussion questions are also included.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591025320
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 295,500
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 8.35 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Nicholas Capaldi, PhD (Baton Rouge, LA), holds the Legendre-Soulé Distinguished Scholar Chair in Business Ethics at Loyola University of New Orleans. He is the author or editor of many books including Affirmative Action: Social Justice or Unfair Preference?; Immigration: Debating the Issues; and John Stuart Mill: A Biography.

Miles Smit, PhD (Toronto, Ontario), works as a business analyst in Canada and holds a PhD in philosophy from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium.

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Table of Contents


Preface     7
Introduction     11
What Is Logic?     11
What Is an Argument?     15
When Is an Argument Acceptable?     18
Summary and Exercises     21
Identifying Arguments     23
Arguments     23
Difficulties in Identifying Arguments     23
Grammar, Punctuation, and Reading Comprehension     24
Rules for Identifying Premises and Conclusions     27
Summary and Exercises     34
Formal Analysis of Arguments     37
The Ideal of Logic     37
Syllogisms     39
Rules for Valid Syllogisms     44
Soundness and Informal Logic     48
Summary and Exercises     50
Presenting Your Case     55
Gaining a Sympathetic Audience     58
Presenting the Facts     69
Driving Home the Conclusion     94
Nonverbal Devices     99
Advertising as a Case Study     101
Summary and Exercises     108
Attacking an Argument     111
Audience Reaction     111
Anatomy of Refutation     117
Attacking the Conclusion     142
Face-to-Face Debate     151
Summary and Exercises     155
Defending Your Case     159
Counterattack     163
Winning the Argument     180
Going for a Tie     186
Summary and Exercises     188
Cause-and-Effect Reasoning     191
History of the Concept of "Causation"     191
Hume's Definition of Cause and Effect     194
Causal Reasoning as Practical     196
Mill's Methods     199
Fallacies of Causal Reasoning     203
Problems with the Concept of "Causation"     210
Summary and Exercises     215
Appendix     219
Critical Reading Skills     219
Review Exercises     257
Some Suggestions for Further Reading     263
Index     265
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2005

    It's more than excellent.

    I thought this was going to be more of a lie-detector type book, but it wasn't. It clearly de-bunks some tactics that people use to persuade and confuse. I think we all know on an intuitive level some of the things that Capaldi points out, but now we can know it on an intellectual level as well. I plan on listening to the tape again whenever I know that I have to talk to my ex-husband.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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