Critical Reasoning and Logic

Critical Reasoning and Logic

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For undergraduate-level courses in Logic, Critical Thinking, Informal Logic, and Deductive Logic.Bridging the gap between introductory logic texts and those texts that emphasize critical thinking only, Critical Reasoning and Logic presents a process that enables students to apply proper reasoning techniques in a practical fashion. It encourages them to not only evaluate someone else's reasoning, but to apply these techniques to their own writing and reasoning.show more

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  • Paperback | 337 pages
  • 178.8 x 238.8 x 16.8mm | 517.1g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Pearson
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 0130812218
  • 9780130812216

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"This is an excellent text. The writing is strong. In particular, the section on identifying arguments is well done. The writing applications give the students a strong sense of the practical applications of logical principles, something missing from many texts." - Michael Coste, Front Range Community College"A comprehensive introduction to the basics of reasoning, with helpful summaries and exercises. Both student and instructor should find this a useful tool for enhancing reasoning skills." - Scott Shalkowski, University of Leeds"Boyd has written a wide-ranging text that will be useful for almost any kind of introductory course in logic or critical reasoning. The author is to be commended for writing an accessible text that also has plenty of rigor....Boyd's book does an effective job in covering the topics most instructors will be looking for in a textbook of this sort, but it also stands out in terms of the real-life reasoning exercises it provides and the way it focuses on practical applications." - William Lawhead, University of Mississippishow more

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Robert Boyd's new text is useful for introductory courses in critical reasoning and logic. This text assumes that logic is practiced and best understood by students when they see practical applications of logic principles. Boyd's text integrates the rigor of the study of logic in a fresh, accessible style of writing to show students that logic is essential and less daunting than they might think. In addition to teaching students how to become better thinkers, the text also helps students become better writers. Features of Critical Reasoning and Logic Exceedingly clear and accurate account of formal and informal logic Rigorous study of logic while remaining accessible to students Balanced between inductive and deductive reasoning problems Practical applications of logic principles throughout entire text Hundreds of engaging exercises Oriented towards helping students become better writers through student projects Places study of reasoning within context of larger concernsshow more

Table of contents

I. INTRODUCTION. 1. Introduction. 2. Foundations. 3. Introduction to Arguments. II. INDUCTIVE REASONING. 4. Basic Probability. 5. Enumerative Induction. 6. Causal Reasoning. III. DEDUCTIVE REASONING. 7. Conditional Logic. 8. Propositional Logic. 9. Categorical and Predicate Logics. IV. APPLICATION. 10. Pulling It Altogether. Appendix A: Scientific Confirmation. Appendix B: Solutions to Selected Problems. Appendix C: Additional Readings. Index.show more

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