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Understanding Arguments: An Introduction to Informal Logic

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The proven strengths of this argument text include the philosophy of language, analysis of arguments as they occur in ordinary language, and systematic examination of inductive arguments. The book covers statistical generalizations, statistical syllogisms, and inferences to the best explanation.
Paperback, 560 pages
Published February 1st 2009 by Cengage Learning (first published 1978)
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Sep 03, 2014 marked it as to-read
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Oct 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At times abstract, but on the whole easy to understand. Having case examples help immensely. The best part of the book is part five "Areas of Argumentation": legal, moral, scientific, religious, and philosophical reasonings. Some of which is rather detailed and complex, but nevertheless worth the effort. Most interesting is the chapter on scientific reasoning in which convincing arguments are given that natural selection is not entirely true, that not all changes come from evolution but from ...more
Amal Shoeib
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
Well, The book honestly didn't fulfil my prophecy that It would teach me how to win arguments and to squash people with my strong argumentative claims. Howeve, it taught me that I should never waste my time on invalid o trivial arguments which are petty much most of the arguments going on nowadays. There are usually many fallacies in the premises people usually use to defend their point and I would never recognize them if it wasn't for this book. At some point the book was really childish, but I ...more
Dec 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Reading this for an online refresher course in critical thinking. Some chapters can be found for free via google books. So far, I'm not impressed and prefer my old dog eared 8th edition copy of Critical Thinking by Brooke Noel Moore and Richard Parker.
Feb 01, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A terrible mash up of poor grammar and poor logic passed off as a study in Rhetoric. Read Plato instead.
Aug 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
course reading that was pretty awesome. actually enjoyed it :)
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: filosofi
Helt klar formidling af svært og somme tider kedeligt emne.
Overraskende, så stor udvikling, der åbenbart er og har været i dette helt grundlæggende fag. Også overraskende, at der ikke er konsensus om det hele.
Jeg læser i forbindelse med to coursera kurser. Bogen er grundbog for fire coursera-kurser. Når jeg nu har læst bogen, vil jeg ikke tage to af kurserne.
Jan 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: science
read that for classes, not really my department but as a coursebook it performs well I guess. As I didn't read it for my pleasure I can't give more than just "liked it" but anyway, I liked it. Pretty easy to get. And the only problem for me is that the book doesn't contain key to the exercises.
Nov 29, 2012 rated it liked it
I honestly was not impressed with this book at all...It wasn't bad exactly, but it wasn't great either.
Luz Cmartinez
Dec 09, 2012 marked it as to-read
solo quiero leerlo....como lo hago.
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Dec 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Pretty good book on informal reasoning.

The mobile devices digital software chosen by the publisher was horrid, but the material itself was excellent.
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