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Attacking Faulty Reasoning, 7th Edition

  • T. Edward Damer Emory and Henry College
  • ISBN-10: 1133049982  |  ISBN-13: 9781133049982
  • 256 Pages
  • © 2013 | Published
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Help your students hone their critical thinking and refine their rational and argumentative discussion skills with the seventh edition of Damer's ATTACKING FAULTY REASONING: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO FALLACY-FREE ARGUMENTS. This theoretically sound handbook addresses more than 60 common fallacies with the help of over 200 memorable, timely examples. Students learn to construct, deliver, and logically evaluate arguments with more than 350 proven exercises and practice opportunities. However, ATTACKING FAULTY REASONING goes beyond most critical thinking books, providing students with not just a definition and examples for each fallacy, but also hints and tips on how to "attack" (or respond) when faced with a fallacious argument of each type. This unique feature along with the book's brevity making it an ideal resource on its own or as a complement to another critical thinking or introduction to philosophy texts.

Features and Benefits

  • Coverage of moral arguments -- and additional sections on aesthetic and legal arguments -- prepares your students to examine and discuss some of today's most heavily debated issues.
  • Damer's text is widely recognized for its wealth of proven practice opportunities.
  • Continued quality coverage of key topics such as how to strengthen arguments, the theory of fallacy, standard forms of arguments, the absurd counter-example method, syllogistic reasoning, the rebuttal principle, and the resolution principle.
  • The "Attacking the Fallacy" segment which follows the definition and examples of each of the sixty fallacies takes the material beyond identifying fallacies to dismantling them.
  • Students leave your course better prepared to write argumentative essays as the chapter on writing effective essays provides additional coverage and more examples.
  • More than 200 current, engaging examples and 350 proven and practical exercises assist students in identifying fallacies and crafting well-formed arguments.
  • You and your students can quickly reference the entire list of fallacies addressed in this comprehensive text using the complete list found in the end-of-text glossary and now on the text's companion website.

Table of Contents

1. A Code of Intellectual Conduct.
2. What is an Argument?
3. What is a Good Argument?
4. What is a Fallacy?
5. Fallacies That Violate the Structural Criterion.
6. Fallacies That Violate the Relevance Criterion.
7. Fallacies That Violate the Acceptability Criterion.
8. Fallacies That Violate the Sufficiency Criterion.
9. Fallacies That Violate the Rebuttal Criterion.
10.Writing the Argumentative Essay.
Glossary of Fallacies.
Answers to Selected Assignments.

What's New

  • The hallmark "Emails to Jim" feature has been revised to make the fallacies being illustrated more identifiable to students.
  • All answers to exercises and a bank of fallacies is now available through the text's website.
  • This new edition includes additional explanation of several issues, including exploration of acceptability standards to the "mature, rational person".
  • Several chapters (namely 3 & 5) have been reorganized.

Efficacy and Outcomes


"A wonderfully written, extremely clear discussion of argumentation and fallacies chock full of extremely useful examples."

— Steve Gimbel, Gettysburg College

"Probably the best book on the market with respect to informal fallacy recognition."

— Douglas Thiel, Moorpark College

Meet the Author

Author Bio

T. Edward Damer

T. Edward Damer received his Ph.D. from Boston University and currently teaches at Emory and Henry College.