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Logic and Contemporary Rhetoric: The Use of Reason in Everyday Life, 12th Edition

  • Nancy M. Cavender College of Marin
  • Howard Kahane University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • ISBN-10: 1133942288  |  ISBN-13: 9781133942283
  • 416 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2010, 2006, 2002
  • © 2014 | Published
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Overview

This classic text has introduced tens of thousands of students to sound reasoning using a wealth of current, relevant, and stimulating examples all put together and explained in a witty and invigorating writing style. Long the choice of instructors who want to "keep students engaged," LOGIC AND CONTEMPORARY RHETORIC: THE USE OF REASON IN EVERYDAY LIFE, Twelfth Edition, combines examples from television, newspapers, magazines, advertisements, and our nation's political dialogue. The text not only brings the concepts to life for students but also puts critical-thinking skills into a context that students will retain and use throughout their lives. This is a book your students will actually read.

Features and Benefits

  • This classic text is known for its wealth of current and engaging examples. Well-known for being on the cutting edge, LOGIC AND CONTEMPORARY RHETORIC: THE USE OF REASON IN EVERYDAY LIFE, Twelfth Edition, includes timely, relevant topics such as the 2012 presidential election.
  • Sections on political language, the evolution of the meaning of certain words, and media bias continue to present innovative and current approaches to the study of critical thinking.
  • Inclusion of a chapter from a history textbook allows students to reflect on and analyze how information is presented (and misrepresented) in popular high school textbooks.
  • Chapter-opening learning objectives provide students with an instructional framework to better understand the subject matter.
  • A wide variety of topics engage students of all levels, including the distortion of the news in mass media, psychological impediments to cogent reasoning, use of language to manipulate and persuade, and instruction in analyzing and writing arguments.
  • Exercises and summaries at the end of each chapter help students focus on central issues and apply the concepts explained in each chapter.
  • A bibliography and list of periodicals annotated for content and bias are included at the end of the book as references for further research.
  • A glossary provides a handy reference tool for students.

Table of Contents

1. Good and Bad Reasoning.
2. More on Deduction and Induction.
3. Fallacious Reasoning--1.
4. Fallacious Reasoning--2.
5. Fallacious Reasoning--3.
6. Psychological Impediments to Cogent Reasoning: Shooting Ourselves in the Foot.
7. Language.
8. Evaluating Extended Arguments.
9. Writing Cogent (and Persuasive) Essays.
10. Advertising: Selling the Product.
11. Managing the News.
12. Textbooks: Managing World Views.
Appendix: More on Cogent Reasoning.
Answers to Starred Exercise Items.
Bibliography.
Annotated List of Periodicals.
Glossary.
Index.

What's New

  • This edition includes dozens of updated examples of fallacies, manipulative language, and political ads that have flooded the airwaves and websites.
  • The authors provide extensive analysis of media bias and privacy issues in the digital age as consumers shift from print journalism to online news sources.
  • Scores of new exercises and assignments for argumentative essays, class discussions, and debates help students develop their critical-thinking and reasoning skills.

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Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

"Clear, focused, specific and logical."

— Holly Wheeler, Monroe Community College

"The writing is clear, easy to follow and lively."

— Sarah Duerden, Arizona State University

"The text is very rich with examples, some of which are quite provocative."

— Peter Taylor, University of Massachusetts, Boston

"The text is strong in content, contextualization, and ease of comprehension."

— Paulette Zillmer, Arizona State University

"An incredibly readable book introducing students to logical and fallacious reasoning in more depth than we find in most English argumentation texts."

— Sarah Duerden, Arizona State University

"Good, easy to use, easy to understand, rather thorough introduction to the correct use of informal logic in everyday life."

— Edmund Capas Capkevicius, Lakeland Community College and Cuyahoga Community College

"This text is a clear, practical introduction to thinking well in daily situations and improving critical thinking skills for reading, writing and speaking."

— Debbie Nichols, Mountain View College

"An in-depth text that integrates logic and the many forms of modern rhetoric. A text that would be useful in advanced writing courses, communications courses, and also as a critical thinking text."

— Andrew Porter, Tiffin University

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Nancy M. Cavender

Nancy M. Cavender is Professor Emeritus at the College of Marin.

Howard Kahane

Howard Kahane (deceased) is considered one of the founders of the critical-thinking movement, an approach to logic that makes it less abstract and more practical as a tool for analyzing political and social issues.