Logic and Its Limits

Logic and Its Limits

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'This book grew out of the conviction, not in itself strange or startling, that the ordinary person can and should think straight rather than crooked.' Patrick Shaw has written a commonsense introduction to the use of logic in everyday thought and argument. It explains some of the rules of good argument and some of the ways in which arguments can fail, drawing illustrations from a variety of contemporary and international sources, such as the press, radio, and television. Symbols and technicalities are kept to a minimum in this thorough and provocative investigation of the rational approach to thought - and its limitations. Logic and Its Limits emphasizes the use of logic in helping to settle and clarify disputes. It will help the reader to avoid bad arguments, to detect them in others, and so to think and argue more effectively. A wide range of thought-provoking examples and exercises concerned with contemporary social and political issues make this a readable and stimulating guide for the student and general reader alike.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 128 x 190 x 20mm | 222.26g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • diagrams throughout
  • 0192892800
  • 9780192892805

Table of contents

Preface ; 1. Arguments ; 2. Proofs ; 3. Validity: 'if ... then' ; 4. Validity: disjunctions and dilemmas ; 5. Getting the premises right ; 6. Sticking to the point ; 7. Meaning and definition ; 8. Divisions and distinctions ; 9. Analogies ; 10. 'All' and 'some' ; 11. Arguments with 'all' and 'some ; 12. Groups and individuals ; 13. Probability, evidence and causes ; 14. Probability: statistics ; 15. Indirect proofs ; 16. Authority and repute ; 17. Practical reasoning ; 18. Being rational: final remarks ; Answers to exercises ; Further reading ; Bibliography ; Indexshow more

Review quote

Within its set limits, the book is both accessible and entertaining. ...I was particularly pleased by the discussion on statistical inference. ...Logic and its Limits contains many pleasures. ...Moreover, in an appendix, Shaw present as clear an exposition of the shortcomings of syllogistic logic as I have yet seen. ...a simple, easily-digested introductory text on logic, one that will help you analyse both your arguments and those of others, and one that will at least tell you something of what logic is about, you can do a lot worse than buy this book. I have no hesitation in recommending ogic and its Limits to my students. * Edward Ingram is Fellow in Philosophy, School of Psychology *show more

About Patrick Shaw

Patrick Shaw is lecturer in Logic at the University of Glasgowshow more

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