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The Elements of Arguments: An Introduction to Critical Thinking and Logic

Philip Turetzky

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Broadview Press
15 May 2019
Philosophy; Philosophy: logic
The Elements of Arguments examines such central critical thinking topics as informal fallacies, the difference between validity and truth, basic formal propositional logic, and how to extract arguments from texts. Turetzky aims to prevent common confusions by clearly explaining a number of important distinctions, including: propositions vs. propositional attitudes, propositions vs. states of affairs, and logic vs. rhetoric vs. psychology. Exercises are provided throughout, including numerous informal arguments that can be assessed using the skills and strategies presented within the book.
By:   Philip Turetzky
Imprint:   Broadview Press
Country of Publication:   Canada
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 165mm,  Spine: 16mm
ISBN:   9781554814077
ISBN 10:   1554814073
Pages:   340
Publication Date:   15 May 2019
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Philip Turetzky is formerly a professor of philosophy at Colorado State University (retired).

Reviews for The Elements of Arguments: An Introduction to Critical Thinking and Logic

Compared to other books in this area I find The Elements of Arguments to be near the top in quality. In terms of teaching to a diverse group of students from varying backgrounds and with different abilities, I find it to be exceptional. The author is extremely sensitive to traditional problems and confusions that surround the subject making it a challenge to teach. He has given the higher education community a standard of the highest caliber with admirable benefit to the students we serve. -- Dennis Brandon, California State University, Northridge In a crowded field of introductory texts, The Elements of Arguments stands out. Turetzky has achieved in one volume an admirably clear presentation of both 'critical thinking' and 'logic' as distinct but overlapping disciplines. Instructors will benefit greatly from the book's lucid definitions, careful distinctions, and abundant exercises. Students will find their reading rewarded with varied and accessible examples as well as insightful sections relating logic to other fields such as psychology, rhetoric, and the philosophy of language. Using this text, students will be well prepared to handle reasoning and arguments in any subject. -- Tyler Will, Colorado State University


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