Attacking Faulty Reasoning

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Cengage Learning, Jan 13, 2012 - Education - 256 pages
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Help your students hone their critical thinking and refine their rational and argumentative discussion skills with the seventh edition of Damer's ATTACKING FAULTY REASONING: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO FALLACY-FREE ARGUMENTS. This theoretically sound handbook addresses more than 60 common fallacies with the help of over 200 memorable, timely examples. Students learn to construct, deliver, and logically evaluate arguments with more than 350 proven exercises and practice opportunities. However, ATTACKING FAULTY REASONING goes beyond most critical thinking books, providing students with not just a definition and examples for each fallacy, but also hints and tips on how to attack (or respond) when faced with a fallacious argument of each type. This unique feature along with the book's brevity making it an ideal resource on its own or as a complement to another critical thinking or introduction to philosophy texts.
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Contents

Introduction
1
A Code of Intellectual Conduct
5
What is an Argument?
14
What is a Good Argument?
31
What is a Fallacy?
53
Fallacies That Violate the Structural Criterion
65
Fallacies That Violate the Relevance Criterion
98
Fallacies That Violate the Acceptability Criterion
128
Fallacies That Violate the Sufficiency Criterion
171
Fallacies That Violate the Rebuttal Criterion
206
Writing the Argumentative Essay
232
Glossary of Fallacies
239
Answers to Selected Assignments
244
Index
253
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T. Edward Damer received his Ph.D. from Boston University and currently teaches at Emory and Henry College.

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