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Practical reasoning in natural language

Author: Stephen N Thomas
Publisher: Upper Saddle River, NJ : Prentice-Hall, cop. 1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 4th edView all editions and formats
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen N Thomas
ISBN: 0136782698 9780136782698
OCLC Number: 71671142
Description: xvi, 504 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: PREFACE TO THE INSTRUCTOR. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS. INTRODUCTION. I. BASIC ANALYSIS OF REASONING. 1. What Is Reasoning. 2. Reasons and Conclusions. 3. Determining the Logical Structure of a Reasoned Discourse. 4. Analyzing the Structure of Longer and More Complicated Arguments. II. BASIC EVALUATION OF REASONING. 1. What Is Good Reasoning? 2. Semantic Clarification. 3. Conditional Relationships. 4. Some Valid Steps of Reasoning Using Conditional and Other Relationahips. 5. The How and Why of Supplying Suppressed Premises. III. CLARIFYING OBSCURE REASONING. 1. Analyzing Muddy Reasoning or Confused Exposition. IV. INFORMAL FALLACIES. 1. Common Mistakes in Reasoning. 2. Additional Common Mistakes in Reasoning. 3. More Common Mistakes in Reasoning. V. PRACTICAL DECISION MAKING. 1. Making Decisions Logically: Reasons For Actions and Reasons Against Actions. 2. Reasons Against the Validity of Other Reasons. VI. ANALYZING MEDIA EDITORIALS. 1. Analyzing Reasoning Expressed in Contemporary Editorial Style. VII. ANALYZING PHILOSOPHICAL REASONING. 1. Analyzing Long Linked Arguments. 2. Analyzing Disorganized or Confused Complex Reasoning. Index.
Responsibility: Stephen Naylor Thomas.

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