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Attacking Faulty Reasoning: A Practical Guide to Fallacy-Free Arguments, 6th Edition

  • T. Edward Damer Emory and Henry College
  • ISBN-10: 0495095060  |  ISBN-13: 9780495095064
  • 256 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2005, 2001, 1995
  • © 2009 | Published
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Help your students hone their critical thinking and refine their rational and argumentative discussion skills with the sixth 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, making this an ideal resource on its own or as a complement to your other critical thinking or introduction to philosophy texts.

Features and Benefits

  • This unique text begins by establishing a code of intellectual conduct that lays the ground rules for civil deliberations and demonstrates for students the importance of studying and practicing sound argumentation.
  • 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.

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

  • This edition’s expanded section on 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 already is recognized for its wealth of proven practice opportunities, and the sixth edition adds a considerable number of end-of-chapter assignments. New Practice Arguments at the conclusion of each of the text’s five main fallacy chapters allow students to analyze extended pieces of fallacious reasoning.
  • Expanded, reorganized, and rewritten sections address important 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.
  • Specific learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter guide students' attention to the most important topics and facilitate review.
  • Students leave your course better prepared to write argumentative essays as the chapter on writing effective essays now provides additional coverage and more examples.

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.