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Logic and Contemporary Rhetoric: The Use of Reason in Everyday Life 8th Edition

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ISBN-10: 0534524702
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Product Details

  • Series: Philosophy
  • Paperback: 369 pages
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing; 8 edition (August 13, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0534524702
  • ISBN-13: 978-0534524708
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,598,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book itself is great and easy to understand. Just about anyone is able to pick this book up, read it, understand the arguments, and then realize when and where fallacious reasoning is used. My only problem comes with the exercises the book gives. While it is nice that questions and arguments are given where you are supposed to find the fallacy or determine whether it is a good or bad argument, at the same time, out of 28 questions, the book only gives the answers to four questions (in a given exercise at the end of the third chapter). It would be nice if a book that cost over $50.00 gave answers to all the exercise questions it asked, so that people like me, who learn easier by seeing the answer and question together, will have examples to learn and check answers. Besides that, its a great book.
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Howard Kahane's "Logic and Contemporary Rhetoric" literally changed my life when I was assigned it in college over 20 years ago. Prof. Kahane has set down nearly every possible trick, deception, or error that could possibly come up in public--or private--discourse. In this new edition the reader will find many recent examples of the improper use of rhetoric from news articles, public speeches, advertising, and media "observations." Despite the rather functional title, Kahane has written a readable, entertaining, enjoyable book. As in most textbooks, there are exercises at the end of each chapter, but when was the last time you wanted to share such "brain teasers" with friends? This book does have one drawback--you'll again never be able to sit through advertisements, political speeches, or journalistic commentaries without noticing flawed reasoning, dirty tricks, and irrelevancies. If everybody would read this book, we'd all be better off--except for big business and government; they'd be in *big* trouble. Educational and fun.
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This is an excellent book, with no axe to grind--other than promoting clear thinking. It covers a lot of ground, is accessible, yet not superficial. I have used it in class for years in its various editions, and the examples, discussion, and even cartoons are always of the best quality. Students love this book, and for good reason.
Of course, Kahane always annoys adherents of astrology, etc. Maybe that was it.
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What I mean by this is that there are better books on critical thinking out there, one in particular that I read immediately before this one is 'Logical Self-Defense'. My impression of this book was that it was biased to the left. When I checked up on a Bible quote from proverbs (prov. 14:15) that I didn't remember (listed on the first page of the appendix), it turns out that none of the five bible versions that I checked had the quote worded in that way. It was as if it was 'interpreted' and rewritten to suit the context of the book. Some causal claims that are made in the book are dubious, at least to me. It covers a wide range of topics, but I think it comes off as a 'jack of all trades and master of none'. I thought the section on Fallacies was terrible. You can find better information about fallacies from T. Edward Damers book 'Attacking Faulty Reasoning' and Gary Curtis' website www_fallacyfiles_org just to name two. I noticed that even though Kahane was contributor to the Journal of Informal Logic, hardly any material contributed by his peers was included in this text. I find that odd. Logic (formal and informal), Critical Thinking, Argumentation, Rhetoric and Persuasion are all closely related. Additionally, one example of bias to add to the other two by two other reviewers is the example the book used about the Italian Prime Minister who was elected that owns a media empire. The insinuation was the he had unfair influence due to his ability to use his media empire to promote himself. The political groups he defeated were socialist and communist coalitions with their own media empires (in fact you have to pay a tv tax of 104 euro for the privilege of watching the three socialist / communist government owned tv stations) and another possibility for his win may be that the people may have been tired of paying high taxes and not getting much in return.
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Amazing guide on how to use logic in everyday life. Author did a good job on explaining what stands behind word "logic". I've used the "logic" word in judging my decision making process in the past before reading any books on the subject. It was never come to my mind if reasoning was correct or not. Now it clear that "logic" is not just a word. It's a science and it can be learned the same way as any other sciences.
Some of exercises in the book are difficult but anyway they push reader think hard and think for themselves. The book helps to become better critical thinker.
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Kahane and Cavender have one of the best critical thinking textbooks that I have seen. The use of political cartoons and the chapters on the news media and advertising always pique student interest. The text is lively and not afraid to show opinion where the opinion is well reasoned. The attacks on psuedo-scientific reasoning at least challenge students conceptions and prompt discussion.
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