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: 9780312157586
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 12/1/1999
  • Edition description: Sixth Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 317
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 8.32 (h) x 0.44 (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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