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.
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. ...show less
Edition/Copyright:3RD 04 Cover: Paperback Publisher:Oxford University Press Published: 03/25/2004 International: No
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Getting started : looking for an argument
Argument diagrams : pointing the way
Implicit argument components : filling in the blanks
Definitions : saying what you mean
Bias : reading between the lines
Strong and weak arguments : preparing for evaluations
Syllogisms I : classifying arguments
Syllogisms II : testing classes
Propositional logic I : some ifs, ands, and buts
Propositional logic II : conditionals, dilemmas, and reductions
Ordinary reasoning : assessing the basics
Empirical schemes of argument : nothing but the facts
Moral and political reasoning : schemes of value
Ethotic schemes : judging character
Argumentative writing : essaying an argument
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