Informal Logical Fallacies: A Brief Guide

Informal Logical Fallacies: A Brief Guide

By: Jacob E. Van Vleet (author)Paperback

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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.

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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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  • publication date: 17/12/2010
  • ISBN13: 9780761854333
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 82
  • ID: 9780761854333
  • weight: 140
  • ISBN10: 0761854339

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