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Good Reasoning Matters! By Leo A. Groarke

Good Reasoning Matters!
by Leo A. Groarke

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A second revised edition, originally published by McClelland & Stuart in 1989 which stresses the importance of speaking logically and precisely on matters of concern. Includes over 150 new examples, from Plato and Aristotle to student newspapers, with sample answers to some of the exercises throughout the book.
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Good Reasoning Matters!: Constructive Approach to Critical Thinking by Leo A. Groarke

This work seeks to provide an informal logic and critical thinking textbook - designed to teach students a variety of reasoning strategies which can improve their reasoning skills. The second edition is revised and updated, with the emphasis still on on good reasoning, but with a simplified presentation of key concepts and new features to help students and facilitate discussion and review. It is intended for undergraduate courses in critical thinking.

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Table of Contents

Reading Between the Lines; Informative Language; Reading Between the Lines; Biases and Vested Interest; Biased Reasoning; Slanting by Omission and Distortion; Two Kinds of Propaganda; Summary; Major Exercise 1M; Looking for an Argument; Identifying Arguments; Definitions; Distinguishing Arguments and Non-Arguments; Diagraming Argments; Major Exercise 2M; Choosing Your Words; Using Words Precisely; Vagueness and Ambiguity; Formulating Definitions; Expressing Your Intended Meaning; Looking Ahead; Major Exercise 3M; Building Arguments; Abbreviated Arguments; Constructing Good Arguments; Major Exercise 4M; Evaluating Arguments; Good Arguments; Valid and Invalid Arguments; Forms of Argument; The Laws of Thought; Major Exercise 5M; Classifying Arguments; Categorical Statements; Immediate Inferences; Categorical Syllogisms; Testing Validity by Diagrams; Major Exercise 6M; Testing Syllogistic Arguments; Schematization; Distribution; Rules of Validity; Applying the Rules; Procedural Points; Major Exercise 7M; Some Ifs, Ands, and Buts; Simple and Complex Propositions; Translation in More Detail; Valid Propositional Arguments; Constructing Simple Proofs; Major Exercise 8M; Dilemma and Reductios; Conditional Introduction; Reductio Ad Absurdum Arguments; Dilemma; Answering a Dilemma; De Morgan's Laws; Major Exercise 9M; Assessing the Basics; Ordinary Reasoning and Probability; Acceptability; Relevance; Contextual Relevance; Sufficiency; Applying the Criteria; Major Exercise 10M; Forms of Reasoning; Generalization; Causal Reasoning; Slippery Slope Arguments; Arguments from Analogy; Appeals to Precedent; Major Exercise 11M; Further Forms; Two-Wrongs Reasoning; Two-Wrongs Reasoning by Analogy; Pro-Homine and Ad Hominem Reasoning; Guilt by Association; Appeals to Ignorance; Other Cases; Major Exercise 12M; Essaying an Argument; The Good Evaluative Critique; The Good Argumentative Essay; A Student's Paper; Critique; Revision; Conclusion; Major Exercise 13M; Exercise Answers.

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Good Reasoning Matters!: Constructive Approach to Critical Thinking by Leo A. Groarke
Leo A. Groarke
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Oxford University Press, Canada
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