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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide to argument analysis
This is a very, very good guide to spotting arguments in real texts. I could see this being an invaluable aid for critical reading classes. Rather than giving a series of deductive rules of inference, and some rather irrelevant toy examples, Fisher presents *real* texts and gives the reader a guide on how to analyse them, using a series of clearly laid out heuristics...
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I was extremely disappointed with the approach taken by the author of this book. I found myself relying on Copi & Cohen's 'Introduction to Logic' in order to make sense of some of the author's statements. I think that in an attempt to make this book accessible, the author has only created a vague and deeply unhelpful textbook. Not recommended.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide to argument analysis, 28 Dec 2004
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This review is from: The Logic of Real Arguments (Paperback)
This is a very, very good guide to spotting arguments in real texts. I could see this being an invaluable aid for critical reading classes. Rather than giving a series of deductive rules of inference, and some rather irrelevant toy examples, Fisher presents *real* texts and gives the reader a guide on how to analyse them, using a series of clearly laid out heuristics. He does this by giving the reader the heuristics and the text, giving them a little helping hand, and then also providing a fully marked up version of the text with the arguments clearly identified (or, when this is not clear, an indication of why this would be.)
I find it odd that the other review here found the book impossible to read, especially as the references to Copi and Cohen are neither numerous in the text nor necessary for its comprehension. The only book I can think of which actually does this is Doug Walton's "Argument Structure: A Pragmatic Theory", which while being theoretically interesting does not actually present applications of its ideas to real texts.
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1.0 out of 5 stars unhelpful, 20 Jan 2004
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I was extremely disappointed with the approach taken by the author of this book. I found myself relying on Copi & Cohen's 'Introduction to Logic' in order to make sense of some of the author's statements. I think that in an attempt to make this book accessible, the author has only created a vague and deeply unhelpful textbook. Not recommended.
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