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Logic and Contemporary Rhetoric: The Use of Reason in Everyday Life Paperback – January 1, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1133942283 ISBN-10: 1133942288 Edition: 12th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 12 edition (January 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1133942288
  • ISBN-13: 978-1133942283
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Clear, focused, specific and logical."

"The writing is clear, easy to follow and lively."

"The text is very rich with examples, some of which are quite provocative."

"The text is strong in content, contextualization, and ease of comprehension."

"An incredibly readable book introducing students to logical and fallacious reasoning in more depth than we find in most English argumentation texts."

About the Author

Nancy M. Cavender is Professor Emeritus at the College of Marin.

Howard Kahane (deceased) is considered one of the founders of the critical-thinking movement, an approach to logic that makes it less abstract and more practical as a tool for analyzing political and social issues.

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It is concise and easy to understand.
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In other words, she knowingly uses a hoax to support her position because she can't bare to part with it.
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The book is aesome logical easily read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James C on June 22, 2014
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I'm an English/literature undergrad major and I rented this book through Amazon for my English (critical reading and writing) class. This is one of those rare books in which the authors find the perfect balance between contemporary language and formal instruction. Everything is practical, the examples are current and clear, and I personally feel I've learned more applicable knowledge from this book than any other single book that I've ever read. I highly recommend this to ANY student, to all English majors (even if it's not required reading) or anyone who wants to know more about language and argument (which applies to those involved in fields like politics, advertising, entertainment, and journalism).
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By Melinda. Payne on December 13, 2014
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Very clear and helpful.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stefanie on April 27, 2014
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This is a wonderful textbook. It is concise and easy to understand. My only complaint is the font could be larger. I have middle-aged eyesight! :)
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kevbo on July 30, 2014
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Our college has two campuses in our district. The policy is that both campuses must use the same book. As a new guy to my college, this book by Cavender and Kahane was already assigned to the logic class that I would be teaching. So that's how I got to learn about it.

My opinion is that "Logic & Contemporary Rhetoric" is not a book for academia. This text reads like a propaganda piece. While it is jam-packed with examples of what the author is trying to portray (Mr. Kahane passed away, so Ms. Cavender got to update the 12th edition on her own), her portrayals are so biased, prejudiced, lop-sided, and ironically not logical (or contain logical fallacies within them).

One example would be the inclusion of a well-known internet hoax that Ms. Cavender included on pages 18-19. It is the one about the fake "Housekeeping Monthly" magazine from 1955 about "The Good Wife's Guide." Even though Ms. Cavender acknowledges that this is a hoax, her rationale for including this in her book is that "anyone raised in the 1950s will recognize the all-too-familiar worldview it reflects." In other words, she knowingly uses a hoax to support her position because she can't bare to part with it. This is known as the wishful thinking logical fallacy, and it is the opposite of what a logician would do, especially one trying to write a book on learning logic. This is just one example of many.

Another example of Ms. Cavender's propaganda are what I call "sci-gasms." That is, there are people who are utterly infatuated with the "miracles" and "reverence" of "science." Like Ms. Cavender, they go on and on about how "science" takes care of us and explains life for us.
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