Logic Philosophy Introduction To Logic And Critical Thinking

"This text is exactly as advertised: an excellent introduction to both formal, sentential logic and informal, inductive reasoning ("critical thinking"). Of the numerous introductory "reasoning" texts that I have surveyed this one remains, to date, the only one currently on the market which extensively covers both deductive and inductive reasoning while remaining highly readable (i.e., does not read like a "math text") - no small feat."

"Merrilee Salmon's text wonderfully demonstrates the fact that both formal deductive logic and informal reasoning (critical thinking) are linked." "the text accomplishes what other logic books always force the instructor to develop on their own: a way to render philosophy and logic relevant to any student in any discipline while simultaneously demonstrating the importance of using language prudently."

"It covers the range of tools that you should want to give to a critical thinker. It also presents wonderful, real-life examples of both the good and the bad in human thought, giving the student a chance to reflect and respond."

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Welcome to Logic and Critical Reasoning, Philosophy 57 at San Jose State University. This course is an introduction to logic and critical thinking with a focus on argument identification and evaluation. We will be studying critical thinking through the study of informal logic, formal logic, and the application of perspectives to social issues through critical writing.  Most of our work will be done in the area of informal logic and critical writing, with a basic introduction to formal methods of argument evaluation. Our critical writing and application of informal logic will focus on the evaluation of arguments in public discourse, especially concerning social and political issues. We will be engaging a variety of sources, such as newspapers, magazines, short videos, blogs, and music.  This class will take a cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary approach to critical thinking. 


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Identifying Arguments.pptx
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Argument Identification Exercises.docx
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Diagramming Arguments.pptx
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Argument Diagramming Exercises 1.docx
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Argument Diagramming Exercises 2.docx
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Argument Diagramming Quiz.docx
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Informal Fallacy Guide.pptx
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Fallacy Title List.doc
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Informal Fallacy Workbook I.docx
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Logic and Critical Reasoning by Anand Vaidya
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