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# Being Logical: A Guide to Good Thinking

Whether regarded as a science, an art, or a skill–and it can properly be regarded as all three–logic is the basis of our ability to think, analyze, argue, and communicate. Indeed, logic goes to the very core of what we mean by human intelligence. In this concise, crisply readable book, distinguished professor D. Q. McInerny offers an indispensable guide to using logic to a
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Kindle Edition, 160 pages

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(first published January 1st 2004)

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The author's intent was to write a book that would be to logic what Strunk and White's *The Elements of Style* is to writing. Unfortunately I don't think McInerny succeeded. The book is organized nicely and is written clearly. That is the best I can say about it.

*Being Logical* is an introduction to logic. I assumed this meant formal logic, but it actually consisted of a mix between formal and more practical informal logic. This made sense given its introductory level. However, what did not make sen

Essentially, this book is to logic what "The Elements of Style" is to writing.

The benefit of this book lies both in what it is and what it is not. If you're looking for an advanced book laying out Logic as an academic study which is thorough and hits all the points, then this is not the book for you. If what you are looking for is a very readable, simple and fast moving read that hits about 90% of what you will commonly need to know in this realm, then this ...more

This book is effective in introducing the concepts of critical t ...more

The examples of good and bad logic seemed too obvious the first time I read it. But after encounter ...more

It is divided into five parts.

**Part One**(Preparing the Mind for Logic) talks about the preparations we need to make in order to think and reason well. These preparations refer to attitudes and ways of thinking that we need to adopt and the concepts that we need to remember in order to ready our minds for good thinking and reasoning.

These are the concepts we need to remember:

1. Facts (that is, objective facts of the ...more

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I found the chapter on the relationship between language and the world to be a fascin ...more

Definitely a must-read for non-fiction readers.

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The book that got me started on logic made me thus interested in analytical philosophy and led even further to my desire to study mathematics, a wonderful introduction the layman and a stepping stone to the amateur intellectual.

This book, however, is excellent at teaching clear thinking, interesting, and perfect for any layperson wishing to glimpse the world ...more

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