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  • Paperback: 84 pages
  • Publisher: University Press Of America (17 Dec. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761854339
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761854333
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 0.6 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Informal Logical Fallacies: A Brief Guide is full of helpful information. It will be incredibly useful to anyone interested in effective communication and argumentation. -- Arthur Mielke, Dominican University of California

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Jacob E. Van Vleet teaches philosophy at Diablo Valley College in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Terence Luck on 1 Jan. 2013
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This book is clear, concise and very easy to read. It explains fallacies and gives examples and says when they are most commonly used. I would definitely recommend this book and this will help when reading and writing articles at university.
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Concise and complete 7 Dec. 2009
By Nurseyegge - Published on
I had been wishing that a reference guide of the fallacies existed for quite some time when I received this as a gift. This is a guide to retain long after completion of a course in logic, as everyday interaction beyond the classroom requires identification of fallacies for critical analysis.
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For the writing teacher 22 Feb. 2013
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Gives me a common language with which to explain to my students what is wrong with their writing and thinking. Contains the most common errors explained in a way that students can understand. Helps me in my own thinking and expression too, of course.
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Great reference handbook 7 Jan. 2014
By Robert P. Abele - Published on
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What interested me in this book was seeing my students using it in my class for quick reference when evaluating the arguments of both their peers and of "professional philosophers." Having read it, I find it to be an invaluable reference for just such occasions: when the name or explanation of a fallacy in reasoning is detected, but one cannot recall exactly what they are looking for, a look through this handbook will bring directly to mind what the appropriate critique of an argument is, for which one was searching. For this reason alone, it is worth the price. However, when combined with its accuracy of explanation and content, along with the helpful examples, it is a "must" for any thinker's shelf and/or backpack!
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Highly recommendable 11 Oct. 2013
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Dr. Van Vleet’s “Informal Logical Fallacies” is a straightforward and intellectually balanced book. This book encompasses various erroneous reasoning that we can easily hear in daily life and from popular media.

The explanations of each fallacy is extremely refined and moderate so that you can preclude the risk of overthinking. The examples very down-to-earth, readers could easily grasp the heart of each fallacy. I highly recommend this book.
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Enjoyable read.
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