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

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

by S. Morris Engel
     
 

ISBN-10: 0312157584

ISBN-13: 9780312157586

Pub. Date: 12/01/1999

Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312157586
Publisher:
Bedford/St. Martin's
Publication date:
12/01/1999
Edition description:
Sixth Edition
Pages:
317
Product dimensions:
5.44(w) x 8.32(h) x 0.44(d)

Table of Contents

  Preface
    
PART I. ON LOGIC AND LANGUAGE
    
  1. The Nature and Scope of Logic
    Logic as Science and Art
    Logic as the Study of Argument
    Exercises
    Arguments and Nonarguments
    Exercises
    Eliminating Verbiage
    A Further Note on Eliminating Verbiage
       Exercises
    Missing Components
    Exercises
       Finding the Missing Component Syllogistically
    Exercises
    Highlighting Suspect Elements
    Exercises
    Evaluating Arguments: Truth, Validity, and Soundness
    Exercises
    Deductive and Inductive Arguments
       A Final Word on Deduction
    Exercises
    Logic and Education
    Exercises
    Summary
    Answers to Starred Exercises
    
  2. The Medium of Language
    Language and Thought
    Signs and Symbols
    Exercises
    Words and Things
    Exercises
    The Uses of Language
    Exercises
    Ambiguity and Vagueness
    Exercises
    Verbal Disputes
    Exercises
    Definition
    Exercises
    The Art of Plain Talk
    Exercises
    Summary
    Answers to Starred Exercises
    Suggested Readings for Part One
    
    Part II. Informal Fallacies
    
  3. The Fallacy of Ambiguity
THE FALLACY OF EQUIVOCATION
  The Fallacy of Amphiboly
    The Fallacy of Accent
    The Fallacy of Hypostatization
    The Fallacies of Division and Composition
    Summary
    Exercises
    Answers to Starred Exercises
    
  4. Fallacies of Presumption
    Overlooking the Facts
    The Fallacy of Sweeping
    Generalization
    The Fallacy of Hasty Generalization
    The Fallacy of Bifurcation
    Exercises
    Evading the Facts
    The Fallacy of Begging the Question
    The Fallacy of Question-Begging
    Epithets
    The Fallacy of Complex Question
    The Fallacy of Special Pleading
    Exercises
    Distorting the Fact&sgrave;
    The Fallacy of False Analogy
    The Fallacy of False Cause
    The Fallacy of Slippery Slope
    The Fallacy of Irrelevant Thesis
    Exercises
    Summary
    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
    Summary
    Exercises
    Answers to Starred Exercises
    Suggested Readings for Part Two
    
  Appendix: Writing with Clarity and Reason
    
  Glossary
    
  Index

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