Critical thinking is now needed more than ever. This accessible and engaging book provides the necessary tools to question and challenge the discourse that surrounds us —- whether in the media, the classroom, or everyday conversation. Additionally, it offers readers a deeper understanding of the foundations of analytical thought. Informal Logical Fallacies: A Brief Guide is a systematic and concise introduction to more than forty fallacies, from anthropomorphism and argumentum ad baculum, to reductionism and the slippery slope argument. With helpful definitions, relevant examples, and thought-provoking exercises, the author guides the reader through the realms of fallacious reasoning and deceptive rhetoric. This is an essential guide to philosophical reflection and clear thinking.
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Informal Logical Fallacies is a great little reference book. Logical fallacies are grouped in chapters to show common threads. For example, chapter 2 deals with fallacies of omission, while chapter 3 deals with fallacies of intrusion. An appendix has review questions to test your learning to see if you can spot and identify the logical fallacies mentioned in the book. I read this book prior to reading another book which took a controversial position on an important issue of our time. I was surprised how easy it was to identify many fallacies in the arguments presented. Anyone who wants to evaluate the arguments made on either side of an issue (including your own) would do well to read Informal Logical Fallacies as preparatory material.