With Good Reason: An Introduction to Informal Fallacies / Edition 6

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A concise, easy-to-read introduction to informal logic, With Good Reason offers both comprehensive coverage of informal fallacies and an abundance of engaging examples of both well-conceived and faulty arguments. A long-time favorite of both students and instructors, the text continues in its sixth edition to provide an abundance of exercises that help students identify, correct, and avoid common errors in argumentation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781457695957
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 3/21/2014
  • Edition description: Sixth Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 317
  • Sales rank: 292,831
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

S. MORRIS ENGEL (Ph.D., University of Toronto) recently retired as a professor of philosophy at York University in Toronto, Ontario. Previously, he taught at the University of Southern California for twenty-five years. His many publications include The Study of Philosophy, Third Edition (1990) and The Language Trap (1994), as well as Wittgenstein's Doctrine of the Tyranny of Language (1971). Engel is also renowned as a translator of Yiddish, with projects including The Dybbuk (1979) and Kiddush Hashem (1977), Rachmil Bryks's moving account of the Holocaust.

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Table of Contents



1. The Nature and Scope of Logic
Logic as Science and Art
Logic as the Study of Argument
Arguments and Nonarguments
Eliminating Verbiage
A Further Note on Eliminating Verbiage
Missing Components
Finding the Missing Component Syllogistically

Highlighting Suspect Elements
Evaluating Arguments: Truth, Validity, and Soundness
Deductive and Inductive Arguments
A Final Word on Deduction

Logic and Education
Answers to Starred Exercises

2. The Medium of Language
Language and Thought
Signs and Symbols
Words and Things
The Uses of Language
Ambiguity and Vagueness
Verbal Disputes
The Art of Plain Talk
Answers to Starred Exercises
Suggested Readings for Part One

Part II. Informal Fallacies

3. The Fallacy of Ambiguity
The Fallacy of Amphiboly
The Fallacy of Accent
The Fallacy of Hypostatization
The Fallacies of Division and Composition
Answers to Starred Exercises

4. Fallacies of Presumption
Overlooking the Facts
The Fallacy of Sweeping
The Fallacy of Hasty Generalization
The Fallacy of Bifurcation
Evading the Facts
The Fallacy of Begging the Question
The Fallacy of Question-Begging
The Fallacy of Complex Question
The Fallacy of Special Pleading
Distorting the Fact&sgrave;
The Fallacy of False Analogy
The Fallacy of False Cause
The Fallacy of Slippery Slope
The Fallacy of Irrelevant Thesis
Answers to Starred Exercises

5. Fallacies of Relevance
The Fallacy of Personal Attack
Genetic Fallacy
Abusive ad Hominem
Circumstantial ad Hominem
Tu Quoque
Poisoning the Well
The Fallacy of Mob Appeal
The Fallacy of Appeal to Pity
The Fallacy of Appeal to Authority
The Authority of the One
The Authority of the Many
The Authority of the Select Few
The Authority of Tradition
The Fallacy of Appeal to Ignorance
The Fallacy of Appeal to Fear
Answers to Starred Exercises
Suggested Readings for Part Two

Appendix: Writing with Clarity and Reason



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