New PDF release: Art of Reasoning with Symbolic Logic

By David Kelley

ISBN-10: 0393959139

ISBN-13: 9780393959130

ISBN-10: 1992012091

ISBN-13: 9781992012097

ISBN-10: 2002012091

ISBN-13: 9782002012090

An inviting substitute to standard texts in introductory good judgment, The paintings of Reasoning is commonly acclaimed for its conversational tone and obtainable exposition of rigorous logical concepts.

The 3rd variation has been meticulously up-to-date and maintains the profitable pedagogical technique of the 2 prior versions, guiding scholars during the basic parts of formal deductive good judgment, class and definition, fallacies, easy argument research, inductive generalization, statistical reasoning, and clarification.

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Goofy, however, will try to persuade Mickey that his old friend’s words will provide grounds for believing that his eyes are deceiving him. Both senses of what evidence entails – whether “proof ” or “grounds for belief ” – are within the purview of critical thinking. We presented nine fallacies of relevance in chapter 2. We will present the same number of fallacies of evidence in this chapter. The fact that there are nine in each is merely coincidental. The False Cause Fallacy A guy says to his doctor, “Every time I go on vacation, my wife gets pregnant.

It’s basically because the vast majority of people are pretty good at distinguishing black from dark green. If the question were more technical and specialized, such as matching the exact color for restoring Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper, then we’d be negligent if we merely trusted the general public. In such cases a more expert opinion is called for. In a sense, therefore, this fallacy is a kind of appeal to inappropriate authority where the inappropriate authority is the general public (or a major segment of it).

But as the labor progressed, the husband felt fine, so he asked the doctor to go ahead and bump it up a notch. He raised it to 20 percent, then 50 percent. The husband said he was feeling fine, so well, in fact, that he encouraged the doctor to transfer all the pain to him. The wife delivered a healthy baby with virtually no pain. She and her husband were ecstatic. But when they got home, they found the mailman dead on their porch. This joke does not illustrate the fallacy of the appeal to ignorance.

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