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A Practical Study of Argument, Enhanced Edition 7th Edition

Trudy Govier

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2010, 2005, 2001
  • 432 Pages


Now available with CourseMate so students can complete the exercises online, Trudy Govier's THE PRACTICAL STUDY OF ARGUMENT gives students an accessible and yet rigorous introduction to sound argumentation. Presenting just enough theory to explain why certain kinds of arguments are sound or not, then 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. Available with InfoTrac® Student Collections

Trudy Govier, University of Calgary

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.
  • For this media edition of A PRACTICAL STUDY OF ARGUMENT, James Freeman of Hunter College has adapted the book's exercises to an online format. Now students can get immediate feedback as they complete the exercises online. Additional quizzes and other online materials, including videos, round out the content added to the CourseMate that accompanies this media edition of this textbook. For information on packaging the book with CourseMate, please contact your Cengage Learning representative.
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  • Each chapter contains exercises throughout, thus 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.
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.

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  • ISBN-10: 1285626745
  • ISBN-13: 9781285626741
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  • ISBN-10: 1133934641
  • ISBN-13: 9781133934646
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  • RETAIL $199.95

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