Cengage Advantage Books: Understanding Arguments: An Introduction to Informal Logic

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Cengage Learning, Feb 10, 2009 - Education - 576 pages
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Now in its Eighth Edition, UNDERSTANDING ARGUMENTS: AN INTRODUCTION TO INFORMAL LOGIC, 8th Edition. has proven itself to be an exceptional guide to understanding and constructing arguments in the context of students' academic studies as well as their subsequent professional careers. Its tried and true strengths include multiple approaches to the analysis of arguments; a thorough grounding on the uses of language in everyday discourse; and chapters in the latter half of the book that apply abstract concepts to concrete legal, moral, and scientific issues.
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I couldn't agree more. Never in my life have I posted a review on anything, however given my sincere frustrations, I feel it is appropriate. I'm a Michigan State student who studies the philosophy of language (#1 communications school in the USA). I graduate in 8 days and this 100 level class is killing me. I know more than what the book offers, and because of these missing holes, I'm not doing very well. Here's an example: The authors cover SPEECH ACT THEORY and they don't include the 5 PERFORMATIVES!! I know Searle and Austin very well and this book does a great injustice to the reader. ahhhhhhh so frustrated....  


How to Analyze Arguments
How to Evaluate Arguments Deductive Standards
How to Evaluate Arguments Inductive Standards
Areas of Argumentation

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Walter Sinnott-Armstrong is Chauncey Stillman Professor of Practical Ethics in the Department of Philosophy and the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University.

Robert J. Fogelin is Professor of Philosophy and Sherman Fairchild Professor in the Humanities at Dartmouth College.

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