Being Logical: A Guide to Good Thinking

Being Logical: A Guide to Good Thinking

by D. Q. McInerny
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Being Logical: A Guide to Good Thinking by D. Q. McInerny

An essential tool for our post-truth world: a witty primer on logic—and the dangers of illogical thinking—by a renowned Notre Dame professor

Logic is synonymous with reason, judgment, sense, wisdom, and sanity. Being logical is the ability to create concise and reasoned arguments—arguments that build from given premises, using evidence, to a genuine conclusion. But mastering logical thinking also requires studying and understanding illogical thinking, both to sharpen one’s own skills and to protect against incoherent, or deliberately misleading, reasoning.

Elegant, pithy, and precise, Being Logical breaks logic down to its essentials through clear analysis, accessible examples, and focused insights. D. Q. McInerney covers the sources of illogical thinking, from naïve optimism to narrow-mindedness, before dissecting the various tactics—red herrings, diversions, and simplistic reasoning—the illogical use in place of effective reasoning.

An indispensable guide to using logic to advantage in everyday life, this is a concise, crisply readable book. Written explicitly for the layperson, McInerny’s Being Logical promises to take its place beside Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style as a classic of lucid, invaluable advice.

Praise for Being Logical

“Highly readable . . . D. Q. McInerny offers an introduction to symbolic logic in plain English, so you can finally be clear on what is deductive reasoning and what is inductive. And you’ll see how deductive arguments are constructed.”Detroit Free Press

“McInerny’s explanatory outline of sound thinking will be eminently beneficial to expository writers, debaters, and public speakers.”Booklist

“Given the shortage of logical thinking,
And the fact that mankind is adrift, if not sinking,
It is vital that all of us learn to think straight.
And this small book by D.Q. McInerny is great.
It follows therefore since we so badly need it,
Everybody should not only but it, but read it.”
—Charles Osgood

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781588363770
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/03/2004
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 25,779
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

D. Q. MCINERNY has taught logic to college students for decades at Notre Dame, the University of Kentucky, and Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Lincoln, Nebraska. A scholar of Thomas Merton and the recipient of two Ph.D.’s, Professor McInerny lives in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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Being Logical: A Guide to Good Thinking 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
thatneuro More than 1 year ago
This book is a quick read, very useful, and highly recommended for anyone who would like a reminder of how logic works in practical conversation and thought. It's well organized, accessibly written, and I highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent introduction to logic. You will be able to apply every single topic on your everyday dealings with language and logic. Highly recommended if you which to improve your reasoning and communication skills.
Guest More than 1 year ago
By far, the best book dealing with logic. If only had this book when I was a student.
David Lipscomb More than 1 year ago
This book explains simply the elements to sound thinking and argument. Most everything in here is intuitive but it provides a nice breakdown that can help sharpen your skills.
Pazzo More than 1 year ago
This book basically lays out a logical method for formulating and presenting ideas, with a deep focus on defining real facts to be used as the building blocks for any argument. Be honest with yourself. Be honest with the audience. Allow your conclusions to follow logically.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very good book as an introductory piece on logic. It addresses the basic principles and fallacies of logic in a very fundamental and readable manner. Indeed, it serves its purpose well which is that of practical guidebook for those encountering the subject for the first time.
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You too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay. ;} Harry's witing on me anyways, so... Tee hee. *skips out*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish now I had taken the advice of the reviewer who called it a "Vile, Vile, Vile book" because I agree with everything he said. The only thing I came away with from this book is an author who likes to use fancy terminology and apparently likes to show how smart he is by using a great deal of "junk jargon" and sentences that just go on and on, on top of beating an old horse to deathabout the same things chapter after chapter. I reget the money and time I wasted on this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow was that book drab! Although McInerny says that inside jargon should be banned,fancy terminology os about the only thing I picked up from this book. Basically, McInerny exploits practical thinking, which every day people like you or me, take for granted as we go about our day, making those logical decisions we make. Just thought it was my moral duty to warn the people.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Get off your butts and into the real world people!!!!