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ATTACKING FAULTY REASONING is the most comprehensive, readable, and theoretically sound book on the common fallacies. It is designed to help one construct and evaluate arguments. The overriding purpose of the text is to help the students recognize when they construct or encounter a good or successful argument of a particular action or belief. This one skill is reinforced o ATTACKING FAULTY REASONING is the most comprehensive, readable, and theoretically sound book on the common fallacies. It is designed to help one construct and evaluate arguments. The overriding purpose of the text is to help the students recognize when they construct or encounter a good or successful argument of a particular action or belief. This one skill is reinforced on every page of the text, from the first three chapters that focus on the criteria for a good argument, through the four major chapters on the fallacies or ways that arguments can go wrong. The emphasis is on resolving issues rather than pointing out flaws in arguments.


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ATTACKING FAULTY REASONING is the most comprehensive, readable, and theoretically sound book on the common fallacies. It is designed to help one construct and evaluate arguments. The overriding purpose of the text is to help the students recognize when they construct or encounter a good or successful argument of a particular action or belief. This one skill is reinforced o ATTACKING FAULTY REASONING is the most comprehensive, readable, and theoretically sound book on the common fallacies. It is designed to help one construct and evaluate arguments. The overriding purpose of the text is to help the students recognize when they construct or encounter a good or successful argument of a particular action or belief. This one skill is reinforced on every page of the text, from the first three chapters that focus on the criteria for a good argument, through the four major chapters on the fallacies or ways that arguments can go wrong. The emphasis is on resolving issues rather than pointing out flaws in arguments.

30 review for Attacking Faulty Reasoning: A Practical Guide to Fallacy-Free Arguments

  1. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    A decent introduction to informal fallacies. Author begins by extolling such desiderata as charity in evaluating opponents arguments, rooting out biases, avoiding straw men, etc., and then seems to use the rest of the book as, in part, a soap box from which to attack theism and "conservative" values. The problem is exacerbated in that most of his examples using these groups or ideas are based on the most uncharitable, and ridiculous construals of what they have argued or what their position on m A decent introduction to informal fallacies. Author begins by extolling such desiderata as charity in evaluating opponents arguments, rooting out biases, avoiding straw men, etc., and then seems to use the rest of the book as, in part, a soap box from which to attack theism and "conservative" values. The problem is exacerbated in that most of his examples using these groups or ideas are based on the most uncharitable, and ridiculous construals of what they have argued or what their position on matters really is. This made the book unneccessarily annoying.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Albara1435

    This is one of the best critical thinking books that I have ever read. It begins with an informative introduction about types of arguments, what is fallacy?, why should fallacies be studied?...etc. Every chapter explains the fallacies with useful and daily examples, and it ends with good exercises. I believe that it would be better if the writer dwelt a little bit on explaining the difference between representative and unrepresentative sample since both of them are not very intuitive and common. F This is one of the best critical thinking books that I have ever read. It begins with an informative introduction about types of arguments, what is fallacy?, why should fallacies be studied?...etc. Every chapter explains the fallacies with useful and daily examples, and it ends with good exercises. I believe that it would be better if the writer dwelt a little bit on explaining the difference between representative and unrepresentative sample since both of them are not very intuitive and common. Footnote: I used the 2nd edition of the book which was freely available for me. I don't whether the advanced editions have been modified.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Stacey Douglas

    Damer's outstanding book is suitably subtitled "A Practical Guide to Fallacy-Free Arguments." I have is the 2nd edition (1980) and have used subsequent editions with great satisfaction. It is now in its 7th edition (2012 though the copyright page says 2013!). Using common, everyday situations and conversations, Damer explores and exposes the fallacy-ridden thinking to which we all fall prey. He shows us how to correct our own reasoning and to produce better "arguments" as well as detecting and u Damer's outstanding book is suitably subtitled "A Practical Guide to Fallacy-Free Arguments." I have is the 2nd edition (1980) and have used subsequent editions with great satisfaction. It is now in its 7th edition (2012 though the copyright page says 2013!). Using common, everyday situations and conversations, Damer explores and exposes the fallacy-ridden thinking to which we all fall prey. He shows us how to correct our own reasoning and to produce better "arguments" as well as detecting and understanding the fallacies in the arguments of others. One could wish for examples from all points of view rather than using conservatives and theists are his examples, particularly since the arguments he attacks for those points of view are not genuinely held by any but the uninformed and unlearned. Still, a great book to help people understand the errors/fallacies we often commit. Answers are given to select exercises for each chapter in the book - a bonus for autodidacts.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mat

    It's written like a text book, but still enjoyable. It Teaches about the proper way to debate and what arguements are considered 'faulty logic'. The only issue is now when I watch the news or debate with friends I am constantly frustrated by their use of faulty logic. If only I could everyone to read this. It's written like a text book, but still enjoyable. It Teaches about the proper way to debate and what arguements are considered 'faulty logic'. The only issue is now when I watch the news or debate with friends I am constantly frustrated by their use of faulty logic. If only I could everyone to read this.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mamluk Qayser

    Quite a satisfactory book introducing the logical fallacies and the way to attack them. The author provides clear definitions, explanation and plenty of examples (albeit those that exposed his political leanings) in elaborating the fallacies. The study of logic is indispensable because it provide a robust foundation in carrying forward a discussion. Only a well-formed and logical argument could satisfy both parties in a discussion, because the presentation of evidence and facts could only flow fr Quite a satisfactory book introducing the logical fallacies and the way to attack them. The author provides clear definitions, explanation and plenty of examples (albeit those that exposed his political leanings) in elaborating the fallacies. The study of logic is indispensable because it provide a robust foundation in carrying forward a discussion. Only a well-formed and logical argument could satisfy both parties in a discussion, because the presentation of evidence and facts could only flow from a well-founded logical foundation. For whatever reason, there's truncation in the learning and the application of logic and the study of its fallacies. Many people (including me) are prepared to dive in a discussion with only our confidence and beliefs at tow. But as much as driving straight all the way would never bring us to the destination how assured we are, so does our belief in our belief and infallibility would bring us to nowhere. For an example, consider these two real-life statement that was given to me as their theses. "I reject religion because based from what the preachers are saying, religion could only bring backwardness to the society" and "I reject secularism because based from how these people carry themselves, secularism would bring about a total moral collapse in society". Both statements committed more or less the same fallacies. They committed the ad hominem fallacy; how a person behaves does not affect his reasoning. Both committed the fallacy of hasty generalization or argumentative leaps because there surely more things beyond only how the content of the preachings and the lifestyle of the secularists in the issue. Both also committed the fallacy of composition; that the whole is false because of the parts. What's more surprising is that when we exposed the fallacies they immediately resorted to "Come on...it's common sense!". But what is common sense in the place of discussion other than an intellectual laziness? If we are to follow "common sense", or merely the "voice of the people", then it is the Sun that revolves around the Earth instead of the other way around. Resorting to such special pleading does not add any weight or fruitful addition to the argument.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Alberony Martínez

    Como bien lo describe el autor de texto, T. Edward Damer, lo que pretende con este texto es crear una precisión de sus definiciones de falacias y explicarlas con tomas clarificante. Con esta nueva edición procura aportar todos los argumentos que ha sido reconstruidos en forma estándar y hacerle recordar los elementos estructurales de una discusión. Lo que proporciona este libro a lector, y mas que al lector, a los estudiantes, objetivo primordial, es perfeccionar su pensamiento critico y redefini Como bien lo describe el autor de texto, T. Edward Damer, lo que pretende con este texto es crear una precisión de sus definiciones de falacias y explicarlas con tomas clarificante. Con esta nueva edición procura aportar todos los argumentos que ha sido reconstruidos en forma estándar y hacerle recordar los elementos estructurales de una discusión. Lo que proporciona este libro a lector, y mas que al lector, a los estudiantes, objetivo primordial, es perfeccionar su pensamiento critico y redefinir las habilidades de discusión racional y argumentativa. Es un manual que teóricamente aborda mas de 60 falacias comunes con la ayuda de mas de 200 ejemplo memorables y oportuno. Con la propuesta de Damer, nos encamina a construir, entregar y evaluar lógicamente argumentos con mas de 350 ejercicios probados y oportunidades de practica. Es un texto que va mas allá de lo que plantean otros libros de pensamiento critico, pues proporciona sugerencias y consejos sobre como atacar o responder ante un argumento falaz de cada tipo Es un texto sin muchas complicaciones a la hora de leerlo, sin muchos rebuscamientos para darte una explicación argumentativa respecto a una falla, pues como dijimos anterior, lo que procurar ese que tu puedas tejer tu propia defensa. Tabla de contenido Prefacio. Introducción. 1. Un Código de Conducta Intelectual. 2. ¿Qué es un argumento? 3. ¿Qué es un buen argumento? 4. ¿Qué es una falacia? 5. Falacias que violan el criterio estructural. 6. Falacias que violan el criterio de relevancia. 7. Falacias que violan el criterio de aceptabilidad. 8. Falacias que violan el criterio de suficiencia. 9. Falacias que violan el criterio de réplica. 10.Escribir el ensayo argumentativo. Glosario de falacias. Respuestas a las tareas seleccionadas. Índice. Menos...

  7. 5 out of 5

    Carmen Dampf

    Really good and easy to understand!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Xu

    Well structured frame and crystal-clear explanation. I like it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Neowuf

    This book is great, have good examples, e great start of the beginner but it cover all to the advanced thinker. It´s a book to study, learn, read and re-read. Very organizer book I sure will go back time from time to consult when I need make a good argument and decision in my life.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Uniqunion

    good

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    Kyle Worlitz

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