Logic and Its Limits

Paperback | August 1, 1997

byPatrick Shaw

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`This book grew out of the conviction, not in itself strange or startling, that the ordinary person can and should think straight rather than crooked.' Patrick Shaw has written a commonsense introduction to the use of logic in everyday thought and argument. It explains some of the rules of good argument and some of the ways in which arguments can fail, drawing illustrations from a variety of contemporary and international sources, such as thepress, radio, and television. Symbols and technicalities are kept to a minimum in this thorough and provocative investigation of the rational approach to thought - and its limitations. Logic and Its Limits emphasizes the use of logic in helping to settle and clarify disputes. It will help the readerto avoid bad arguments, to detect them in others, and so to think and argue more effectively. A wide range of thought-provoking examples and exercises concerned with contemporary social and political issues make this a readable and stimulating guide for the student and general reader alike.

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A common-sense introduction to the everyday use of logic, this book explains some of the rules of good argument and some of the ways in which arguments can fail, drawing illustrations from a variety of contemporary and international sources. A wide range of thought-provoking examples and exercises make this a readable and stimulating g...

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`This book grew out of the conviction, not in itself strange or startling, that the ordinary person can and should think straight rather than crooked.' Patrick Shaw has written a commonsense introduction to the use of logic in everyday thought and argument. It explains some of the rules of good argument and some of the ways in which ar...

Patrick Shaw is lecturer in Logic at the University of Glasgow

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.67 inPublished:August 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0192892800

ISBN - 13:9780192892805

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Arguments2. Proofs3. Validity: `if ... then'4. Validity: disjunctions and dilemmas5. Getting the premises right6. Sticking to the point7. Meaning and definition8. Divisions and distinctions9. Analogies10. `All' and `some'11. Arguments with `all' and `some12. Groups and individuals13. Probability, evidence and causes14. Probability: statistics15. Indirect proofs16. Authority and repute17. Practical reasoning18. Being rational: final remarksAnswers to exercisesFurther readingBibliographyIndex

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A common-sense introduction to the everyday use of logic, this book explains some of the rules of good argument and some of the ways in which arguments can fail, drawing illustrations from a variety of contemporary and international sources. A wide range of thought-provoking examples and exercises make this a readable and stimulating guide for the student and general reader alike. Diagrams.

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`Within its set limits, the book is both accessible and entertaining. ...I was particularly pleased by the discussion on statistical inference. ...Logic and its Limits contains many pleasures. ...Moreover, in an appendix, Shaw present as clear an exposition of the shortcomings of syllogisticlogic as I have yet seen. ...a simple, easily-digested introductory text on logic, one that will help you analyse both your arguments and those of others, and one that will at least tell you something of what logic is about, you can do a lot worse than buy this book. I have no hesitation inrecommending ogic and its Limits to my students.'Edward Ingram is Fellow in Philosophy, School of Psychology