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Critical thinking is now needed more than ever. This accessible and engaging book provides the necessary tools to question and challenge the discourse that surrounds us -- whether in the media, the classroom, or everyday conversation. Additionally, it offers readers a deeper understanding of the foundations of analytical thought. Informal Logical Fallacies: A Brief Guide is a systematic and concise introduction to more than forty fallacies, from anthropomorphism and argumentum ad baculum, to reductionism and the slippery slope argument. With helpful definitions, relevant examples, and thought-provoking exercises, the author guides the reader through the realms of fallacious reasoning and deceptive rhetoric. This is an essential guide to philosophical reflection and clear thinking.
Jacob E. Van Vleet teaches philosophy at Diablo Valley College in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 Chapter One: Linguistic Fallacies Chapter 4 Chapter Two: Fallacies of Omission Chapter 5 Chapter Three: Fallacies of Intrusion Chapter 6 Chapter Four: Fallacies with Built-In Assumptions Chapter 7 Chapter Five: Casual Fallacies Chapter 8 Appendix I: FIve Argument Forms Chapter 9 Appendix II: Exercises Chapter 10 Appendix III: Characteristics of Critical Thinking Chapter 11 Glossary Chapter 12 Recommended Reading Chapter 13 Bibliography Chapter 14 Index Chapter 15 About the Author
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