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A Practical Study of Argument, 7th Edition

  • Trudy Govier University of Calgary
  • ISBN-10: 0495603406  |  ISBN-13: 9780495603405
  • 432 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2005, 2001, 1997
  • © 2010 | Published
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Govier's THE PRACTICAL STUDY OF ARGUMENT gives students an accessible and yet rigorous introduction to sound argumentation. Presenting an adequate amount of theory to explain why certain kinds of arguments are sound or not, and bringing this theory to life through everyday illustrations and examples, the text provides students with a comprehensive introduction to critical thinking along with a synthesis of formal and informal approaches to logic.

Features and Benefits

  • The text provides 40-70 problems per chapter from a variety of subjects and cultures. Easier problems come first, followed by intermediate and difficult problems.
  • Each chapter contains exercises spread out throughout the chapter enabling students to review chapter concepts as they progress through the material.
  • Many real world illustrations are included, allowing students to apply the theories that they have learned.
  • The text uses varied learning tools that enable students to identify the premises and conclusion of an argument.
  • Each chapter includes a chapter summary, a review of terms introduced, and notes indicating sources used.

Table of Contents

1. What Is an Argument? (And What Is Not?).
2. Pinning Down Argument Structure.
3. Looking at Language.
4. When Is an Argument a Good One?
5. Premises: What to Accept and Why.
6. Working on Relevance.
7. Deductive Arguments: Categorical Logic.
8. Deductive Arguments: Propositional Logic.
9. An Introduction to Inductive Arguments.
10. Causal Inductive Arguments.
11. Analogies: Reasoning from Case to Case.
12. Conductive Arguments and Counterconsiderations.
Appendix A: A Summary of Fallacies.
Appendix B: Selected Essays for Analysis.
Answers to Selected Exercises.

What's New

  • Updated illustrations and exercises, as well as references to new books and papers, keep the examples in this text current and relevant.
  • Newly organized chapters are now re-ordered for clarity. The discussion of issues of language now comes before the topic of argument evaluation.
  • The topics of inductive generalization and statistical syllogism have been augmented and the discussion has been enriched as well.
  • Additional attention has been paid to the structure and organization of the text, streamlining topics and enhancing readability throughout.
  • New online exercises created specifically for the seventh edition by James Freeman of Hunter College are now available.
  • Jeff McLaughlin, Asst. Professor of Philosopy at Thomson Rivers University is responsible for the powerpoint template as well as the true and false template and corrections.
  • The powerpoint slides originally created by Dr. Jeff McLaughlin and Dr. Robin Tapley both of Thomson Rivers University have been updated to accompany the new edition.


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Instructor Supplements

eBank Instructor's Manual  (ISBN-10: 0495804150 | ISBN-13: 9780495804154)

This guide to teaching with A Practical Study of Argument was created by the author, Trudy Govier. In addition to helpful teaching tips, it includes true/false sample quiz questions for each chapter.

Web Site  (ISBN-10: 0495603414 | ISBN-13: 9780495603412)

The Companion website for A Practical Study of Argument, 7th edition contains helpful study materials such as self-checking quizzes, a chapter-specific glossary, and new online exercises created specifically for the seventh edition by James Freeman of Hunter College.

Student Supplements

Web Site  (ISBN-10: 0495603414 | ISBN-13: 9780495603412)

The Companion website for A Practical Study of Argument, 7th edition contains all the helpful study materials you need, such as self-checking quizzes and a chapter-specific glossary.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Trudy Govier

Trudy Govier, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Lethbridge, Canada, is a philosopher, author, and speaker who is widely known for her dynamic style of speaking and writing and her passionate advocacy of reasoned responses to conflict. She has spoken and written extensively on reconciliation, violence and non-violence, and topics in informal logic.