A Practical Study of Argument

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Cengage Learning, Feb 23, 2009 - Philosophy - 432 pages
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Govier's THE PRACTICAL STUDY OF ARGUMENT gives students an accessible and yet rigorous introduction to sound argumentation. Presenting an adequate amount of theory to explain why certain kinds of arguments are sound or not, and bringing this theory to life through everyday illustrations and examples, the text provides students with a comprehensive introduction to critical thinking along with a synthesis of formal and informal approaches to logic.
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Contents

What Is an Argument? And What Is Not?
1
Pinning Down Argument Structure
22
Looking At Language
57
Good Arguments An Introduction
87
Premises What To Accept And Why
116
Working On Relevance
148
Deductive Arguments Categorical Logic
178
Deductive Arguments Propositional Logic
216
An Introduction To Inductive Arguments
255
Causal Inductive Arguments
286
Analogies Reasoning From Case To Case
318
Conductive Arguments And Counterconsiderations
352
A Summary Of Fallacies
378
Answers To Selected Exercises
386
Index
414
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Trudy Govier, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Lethbridge, Canada, is a philosopher, author, and speaker who is widely known for her dynamic style of speaking and writing and her passionate advocacy of reasoned responses to conflict. She has spoken and written extensively on reconciliation, violence and non-violence, and topics in informal logic.

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