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The Logic of Real Arguments

2nd Edition

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  • Date Published: October 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521652414

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  • This new and expanded edition explains a distinctive method for analyzing and evaluating arguments. It features many examples, ranging from newspaper articles to extracts from classic texts, and from easy passages to much more difficult ones. It will enable students to think critically about sustained, theoretical arguments commonly encountered in the course of their studies, including arguments about the natural world, society, policy, and philosophy. First Edition Pb (1988): 0-521-31341-4

    • A new and expanded edition of this very successful textbook - includes two completely new chapters
    • Explains how to analyse and evaluate lengthy and difficult pieces of reasoning
    • Clearly written with engaging examples
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    "As an introduction to logic which prepares students to use the discipline in future studies, Real Arguments has no serious competitors." Informal Logic

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: October 2004
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521652414
    • length: 236 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 159 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.509kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface to first edition
    Preface to second edition
    1. Introduction
    2. A general method of argument analysis
    3. A first example - from Thomas Malthus
    4. Reasoning about nuclear deterrence
    5. An example from John Stuart Mill
    6. Arguments about God's existence
    7. How do your mind and body interact?
    8. Suppose for the sake of argument that ...
    9. An example from Karl Marx
    10. Evaluating scientific arguments: some initial examples
    11. Philosophical assumptions
    Appendix: Elementary formal logic

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Composition and Rhetoric for ESL Students
    • Workshop in Clear Thinking
  • Author

    Alec Fisher, University of East Anglia
    Alec Fisher was Director of the Centre for Research in Critical Thinking at the University of East Anglia, until his retirement in 1999. He is the author of Critical Thinking: An Introduction (Cambridge, 2001), which has already been translated into several languages. He continues to lecture and conduct workshops on reasoning and critical thinking skills all over the world.

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