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Understanding Arguments: An Introduction to Informal Logic [Paperback]

by Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Robert J. Fogelin
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February 10, 2009 0495603953 978-0495603955 8
Construct effective arguments with UNDERSTANDING ARGUMENTS: AN INTRODUCTION TO INFORMAL LOGIC, 8th Edition. Primarily an introduction to informal logic, this text provides a guide to understanding and constructing arguments in the context of academic studies and subsequent professional careers. Exercises, discussion questions, and readings help clarify difficult concepts and make the material meaningful and useful.

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About the Author

Walter Sinnott-Armstrong is Chauncey Stillman Professor of Practical Ethics in the Department of Philosophy and the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University.

Robert J. Fogelin is Professor of Philosophy and Sherman Fairchild Professor in the Humanities at Dartmouth College.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 8 edition (February 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0495603953
  • ISBN-13: 978-0495603955
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Patchy and frustrating December 29, 2012
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The book is a recommended text for a Coursera on-line class on logic. Some bits are quite good, some are confusing and some are just impenetrable.

My biggest complaint, though, is about the exercises provided. There are no answers in the book so you have no idea whether you have done the exercises correctly and, as a consequence, learn nothing from them. I found the book a waste of a considerable amount of money.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Proper Resource September 29, 2008
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I used "Understanding Arguments" for a logic course in my undergrad (08) and it is an excellent book for beginning logic. The kind of foundation this book offers is crucial to enhance one's reading and comprehension ability. The skills focused on here apply to more then just the dissecting of philosophical arguments, they will enhance one's understanding in and out of many other classrooms as well.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good value October 29, 2010
By Steve
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If you are fond of calculating the value of a book by the number of memes you get per dollar, then this book is a good value. However, I wonder if the text hasn't become a bit bloated after 8 editions. There is material covered lightly here that is the subject of entire separate books, yet no indication is given that a superficial treatment is being provided (for example, material from linguistics and decision theory). The material that is provided is generally described well - the explanations are clear and there are sufficient examples to fix concepts.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Book January 30, 2013
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The kindle version of this book is missing symbols for THEREFOR and OR. Minor issue for me, others may have more problems with it. Besides the improper rendering issue, I felt the book was somewhat shallow and topics were not described very well. The book also does not contain any form of answer key. So you get a lot of questions/problems to work, which is nice, but there are zero answers for them. Also they do not tie everything directly back into understanding arguments. By this I mean taking an op-ed or related material and deconstructing it using everything learned. The only time this is somewhat done is within the first three chapters before learning about deductive and inductive logic.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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This textbook and video course (on have been quite informative and mentally stimulating. I had never considered carefully "dissecting" an argument to assess its validity. Neither had I realized the whole point of the exercise was to make a person's argument look its best, not worst! Thus far, the textbook and course have shown me how to excise unnecessary verbiage, red herrings, tangents and the like, until the conclusion is exposed as valid or invalid.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Bill
I am currently on week 11 in the online course associated with this book and I plan to buy a non-pirated physical version of this book for reference purposes once the price becomes reasonable. I have learned quite a lot even though this is the 3rd logic/reasoning course that I have taken. This book is a great start for any logically journey :-)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely perfect for beginners. June 15, 2013
Understanding Arguments was the set textbook for my first-year informal logic class. I found it extremely readable and superbly engaging. There is an abundance of examples for all the concepts explained in the book. The chapters "Moral reasoning", "Legal reasoning" and "Religious reasoning" are absolutely excellent. High recommended book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Logic Resources April 6, 2013
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I took this class on Coursera - I didn't want to pay the full price for the latest edition - this edition contained everything I wanted to retain.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good
i love this product its great quality and very worth the money .
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Published 6 days ago by zhumingyao
2.0 out of 5 stars Carries on Tradition of Obfuscation and Wallet-Thinning
This text furthers the tradition of philosophy professors to take complex ideas and make them more complex and obfuscated. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jack Z
5.0 out of 5 stars didn't use it.
it was for a class I never ended up needing a text book. I is in good condition. I may sell it back. to bad I can't just do a return on the book.
Published 3 months ago by deaunna
3.0 out of 5 stars Rented ebook for a course.
I rented this book for an online course. The formatting leaves something to be desired for the Kindle, although using the landscape tilt I was better able to read it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by SinDe
5.0 out of 5 stars Your handy companion to an outstanding course.
Excellent textbook that accompanies an outstanding MOOC course in thinking and reasoning that provides a good insight in argumentation. Read more
Published 5 months ago by FlyLudo
4.0 out of 5 stars haven't yet read it
I havn't yet read it but my husband has and says it is a very good treatment of logic issues, using a number of real world examples. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Susan Chizeck
5.0 out of 5 stars A little dry but to the point
I recommend that everyone take a class on logic. I think it would help the world at large. It's very useful.
Published 7 months ago by Calvin Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Study tool
This book was needed as a study tool for online university course. Quite an expensive book but is what was required.
Published 7 months ago by sharon korremans
1.0 out of 5 stars Amazon sold me this and it won't work any any Widows 8 device...
I rented this for an online course. Amazon knows exactly what type of kindle devices I have. Much to my surprise, this particular book is not supported on any of my Windows 8... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kenneth Knoll
4.0 out of 5 stars Think Again
I bought this book for an online course on Coursera.
Great book, good class. You can take the class at your own speed.
Published 13 months ago by Patricia Ann
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