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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Co Inc; 6th Revised edition edition (10 Jun. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0534605257
  • ISBN-13: 978-0534605254
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 18.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,012,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. Index. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Among the best 26 Jan. 2004
By William R. Minto - Published on
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Govier was (as far as I know) the first author to base a text on the ARG criterion for argument analysis and evaluation. It has since been picked up by Ed Damer and others. I used the first edition of this as an undergraduate at Waterloo, and 20 years later, I am happy to see it is still in print. The book is a thorough systematic treatment of its subject, and as close to technically perfect as you can get for an intro text. I refer to it while I am conducting my own classes in Critical Thinking. It's topical focus is perhaps tighter than some instructors may want. Fans of the Brookfield "challenging assumptions" model of critical thinking may find it lacking in treatment of some of the "soft skills" related to belief transformation. What it does though, it does very well, and therefore rates 5 stars.
That said, the only potential issue with the book is that it was initially conceived as a text for Canadian undergraduates in the early 1980s. That is an issue for American undergraduates in 2004 because (a) reading comprehension skills of Canadian undergraduates tends to be a bit higher and (b) reading comprehension skills on both sides of the border have declined noticably over the last 20 years.
Since Govier has not "dumbed down" the book for each revision, students may find that their high school education has not adequately prepared them to read at the college level of reading required to digest this book and its material.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Views on Argumentation! 15 May 2008
By A. Moisa - Published on
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I have never taken a critical thinking or logic class before and this book with instructors teaching were very helpful in understanding the right way to debate a premise.
The only small problem is the text is not as "accessible" or "clear" in some parts, reading more like a technical manual.
Pleased. 5 Oct. 2014
By BP - Published on
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It was as expected. Thank you!
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Pretty good book 1 Jan. 2011
By Anthony - Published on
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The book is a great introduction to logic and reasoning. It has numerous examples that explain the concepts really well. The sections on fallacies were personally my favorite. 4/5
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Good quality 22 April 2014
By Raquel - Published on
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It wasn't missing any pages, and I was able to use it just fine in my Philosophy class. It was not at all in disappointing condition.
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