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Elements of Reasoning

Elements of Reasoning - 4th edition

ISBN13: 978-0534584559

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ISBN13: 978-0534584559
ISBN10: 0534584551
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Edition: 4TH 04
Copyright: 2004
Publisher: Wadsworth, Inc
Published: 2004
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Elements of Reasoning - 4TH 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-0534584559

Ronald Munson, David Conway and Andrew Black

ISBN13: 978-0534584559
ISBN10: 0534584551
Cover type:
Edition: 4TH 04
Copyright: 2004
Publisher: Wadsworth, Inc
Published: 2004
International: No
Summary

This text is a concise and lucid introduction to the basic elements of argumentative prose and the conceptual tools necessary to understand, analyze, criticize, and construct arguments. The book serves not only as a text for college courses in argument analysis, but as a useful handbook of reasoning in much the same way that Strunk and White's ELEMENTS OF STYLE provides a handbook for writers. While the book covers the standard formal tools of introductory logic, its emphasis is on practical applications to the kinds of arguments students most often encounter.

Benefits:

  • NEW!-Evaluating arguments (Ch.3) has been re-written and condensed to clarify the distinction between informal and formal methods of evaluation.
  • NEW!-New and updated exercises throughout the text reflect current events and gender balance.
  • NEW!-A new book companion website features quizzing and InfoTrac College Edition exercises.
  • NEW!-A new Chapter 12, "Rules for Writing," provides brief, candid advice on how to write an argumentative essay
  • Concise and easy-to-read, this text serves not only as a core text but is also an appropriate supplement for disciplines other than philosophy, including english, communication, and college success.
  • The text features coverage of common methods of argument not included in most texts: causal reasoning, analogical reasoning, reasonable belief, and categorical logic.
  • This book presents readily accessible treatment of real-life arguments, presented in a way that doesn-t demand excessive theoretical preparation.

Table of Contents

Preface.
Orientation.

1. Recognizing Arguments.
2. Analyzing Arguments.
3. Evaluating Arguments.
4. Some Valid Argument Forms.
5. More Valid Argument Forms: Categorical Reasoning and Venn Diagrams.
6. Causal Analysis.
7. Argument by Analogy and Models.
8. Errors in Reasoning: Fallacies.
9. Definition.
10. Vagueness and Ambiguity.
11. Reasonable Beliefs.
12. Rules for Writing. Exercises: Some Answers, Hints, and Comments.

Index.

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