Attacking Faulty Reasoning: A Practical Guide to by T. Edward Damer

By T. Edward Damer

More and more university classes and courses require a severe pondering component--and comprise assignments intended to degree your serious pondering abilities. ATTACKING defective REASONING: a realistic advisor TO FALLACY-FREE ARGUMENTS, 6th version, may help brush up on those skills--and how to boost the logical, persuasive arguments you wish now and all through your occupation. this beneficial guide addresses greater than 60 universal fallacies of good judgment with the aid of over 2 hundred memorable examples. It presents motives and suggestions for keeping off wrong pondering, and is a perfect source while writing papers, essays, or arguments.

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There should be no confusion about the notion of a common-knowledge claim. Such a claim is not identified by determining what most people believe to be true. For example, although 95 percent of Americans believe or accept the claim that God exists, the question of whether God exists is in serious dispute by competent scholars. Therefore, whereas the claim that God exists may very well be the conclusion of an argument, it cannot serve as a premise in an argument because the existence of God is not a matter of undisputed common knowledge.

The fact that most people unthinkingly profess the discussion-stopping cliché that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” when they disagree with us doesn’t stop them from trying to convince us that our contrary judgments are wrong. What is this all about? Perhaps they genuinely want to bring us to the point of sharing their aesthetic judgment, but they simply do not know how to do it, just as one who wants to persuade us of a moral judgment may not understand enough about how the moral what is an argument?

Hence, if we don’t deal with the best version now, we will eventually have to do so, once an uncharitable version has been corrected by the arguer or others. We would do well, then, to be fair about it in the first place by letting our opponents amend any portion of our reconstruction of their arguments. DEDUCTIVE VERSUS INDUCTIVE STRENGTH OF ARGUMENTS A fair appraisal of an argument sometimes depends on an understanding of the difference between an inductive and a deductive argument, because the category to which an argument may belong suggests something important about its relative strength.

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