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Good Reasoning Matters

Good Reasoning Matters - 3rd edition

ISBN13: 978-0195419047

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ISBN13: 978-0195419047
ISBN10: 0195419049
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Publisher: Oxford University Press
Published: 2004
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Good Reasoning Matters - 3RD 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-0195419047

Leo Groarke

ISBN13: 978-0195419047
ISBN10: 0195419049
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 3RD 04
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Published: 2004
International: No
Summary

Offering an innovative approach to critical thinking, Good Reasoning Matters! identifies the essential structure of good arguments in a variety of contexts and also provides guidelines to help students construct their own effective arguments. In addition to examining the most common features of faulty reasoning--slanting, bias, propaganda, vagueness, ambiguity, and a common failure to consider opposing points of view--the book introduces a variety of argument schemes and rhetorical techniques. This edition adds material on visual arguments and more exercises.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Acknowledgements
Getting started : looking for an argument p. 1
Argument diagrams : pointing the way p. 33
Implicit argument components : filling in the blanks p. 51
Definitions : saying what you mean p. 83
Bias : reading between the lines p. 109
Strong and weak arguments : preparing for evaluations p. 133
Syllogisms I : classifying arguments p. 156
Syllogisms II : testing classes p. 185
Propositional logic I : some ifs, ands, and buts p. 195
Propositional logic II : conditionals, dilemmas, and reductions p. 226
Ordinary reasoning : assessing the basics p. 247
Empirical schemes of argument : nothing but the facts p. 286
Moral and political reasoning : schemes of value p. 329
Ethotic schemes : judging character p. 359
Argumentative writing : essaying an argument p. 387
Selected answers p. 411
Index p. 467
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