The Art of Deception: An Introduction to Critical Thinking

The Art of Deception: An Introduction to Critical Thinking

by Nicolas Capaldi, Miles Smit


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781591025320
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Publication date: 08/28/2007
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 232,632
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Nicholas Capaldi, PhD (Baton Rouge, LA), holds the Legendre-Soulé Distinguished Scholar Chair in Business Ethics at Loyola University of New Orleans. He is the author or editor of many books including Affirmative Action: Social Justice or Unfair Preference?; Immigration: Debating the Issues; and John Stuart Mill: A Biography.

Miles Smit, PhD (Toronto, Ontario), works as a business analyst in Canada and holds a PhD in philosophy from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium.

Table of Contents

Preface     7
Introduction     11
What Is Logic?     11
What Is an Argument?     15
When Is an Argument Acceptable?     18
Summary and Exercises     21
Identifying Arguments     23
Arguments     23
Difficulties in Identifying Arguments     23
Grammar, Punctuation, and Reading Comprehension     24
Rules for Identifying Premises and Conclusions     27
Summary and Exercises     34
Formal Analysis of Arguments     37
The Ideal of Logic     37
Syllogisms     39
Rules for Valid Syllogisms     44
Soundness and Informal Logic     48
Summary and Exercises     50
Presenting Your Case     55
Gaining a Sympathetic Audience     58
Presenting the Facts     69
Driving Home the Conclusion     94
Nonverbal Devices     99
Advertising as a Case Study     101
Summary and Exercises     108
Attacking an Argument     111
Audience Reaction     111
Anatomy of Refutation     117
Attacking the Conclusion     142
Face-to-Face Debate     151
Summary and Exercises     155
Defending Your Case     159
Counterattack     163
Winning the Argument     180
Going for a Tie     186
Summary and Exercises     188
Cause-and-Effect Reasoning     191
History of the Concept of "Causation"     191
Hume's Definition of Cause and Effect     194
Causal Reasoning as Practical     196
Mill's Methods     199
Fallacies of Causal Reasoning     203
Problems with the Concept of "Causation"     210
Summary and Exercises     215
Appendix     219
Critical Reading Skills     219
Review Exercises     257
Some Suggestions for Further Reading     263
Index     265

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The Art of Deception: An Introduction to Critical Thinking 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this was going to be more of a lie-detector type book, but it wasn't. It clearly de-bunks some tactics that people use to persuade and confuse. I think we all know on an intuitive level some of the things that Capaldi points out, but now we can know it on an intellectual level as well. I plan on listening to the tape again whenever I know that I have to talk to my ex-husband.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was looking for something that would provide greater insight into the world of critical thinking. The first few pages appeared to be promising. After I read the sample that was provided, the only thing I learned from this book was the difference between necessary and sufficient conditions. I expected more.