Informal Logical Fallacies: A Brief Guide

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University Press of America, 2011 - Education - 68 pages
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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Contents

Linguistic Fallacies
1
Fallacies of Omission
7
Fallacies of Intrusion
15
Fallacies with BuiltIn Assumptions
25
Causal Fallacies
33
Five Argument Forms
39
Exercises
45
Characteristics of Critical Thinking
57
Glossary
59
Recommended Reading
65
Bibliography
67
Index
69
About the Author
71
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Jacob E. Van Vleet teaches philosophy at Diablo Valley College in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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