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Being Logical: A Guide to Good Thinking (2004)

by D.Q. McInerny

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What passes for logic (and linguistics and epistemology) for someone who doesn't take into account any scholarship in logic, argumentation, linguistics, epistemology, or philosophy of science since 1930. ( )
  trishrobertsmiller | Dec 27, 2016 |
Brief. Thorough. Dry. ( )
  psiloiordinary | Jan 20, 2013 |
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  Aerow | Aug 15, 2011 |
A good book on improving how you process thoughts... ok, that sounds hokey, but it is a decent read.
  Aerow | Aug 15, 2011 |
McInerny, D. Q.. Being Logical. Random House, New York, 2004. I quickly went into skim mode with this book. Extremely formal and concise -- Asking the Right Questions is a more accessible introduction to logic. I picked up a few formal insights: The real meaning & structure of a definition, and some formal requirements for a sound syllogistic argument. Otherwise, I'd skip this book unless you're taking a logic class or are preparing a detailed argument. Could be a useful reference, though.
  BrianDewey | Jul 30, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0812971159, Paperback)

Whether regarded as a science, an art, or a skill–and it can properly be regarded as all three–logic is the basis of our ability to think, analyze, argue, and communicate. Indeed, logic goes to the very core of what we mean by human intelligence. In this concise, crisply readable book, distinguished professor D. Q. McInerny offers an indispensable guide to using logic to advantage in everyday life. Written explicitly for the layperson, McInerny’s Being Logical promises to take its place beside Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style as a classic of lucid, invaluable advice.

As McInerny notes, logic is a deep, wide, and wonderfully varied field, with a bearing on every aspect of our intellectual life. A mastery of logic begins with an understanding of right reasoning–and encompasses a grasp of the close kinship between logical thought and logical expression, a knowledge of the basic terms of argument, and a familiarity with the pitfalls of illogical thinking. Accordingly, McInerny structures his book in a series of brief, penetrating chapters that build on one another to form a unified and coherent introduction to clear and effective reasoning.

At the heart of the book is a brilliant consideration of argument–how an argument is founded and elaborated, how it differs from other forms of intellectual discourse, and how it critically embodies the elements of logic. McInerny teases out the subtleties and complexities of premises and conclusions, differentiates statements of fact from statements of value, and discusses the principles and uses of every major type of argument, from the syllogistic to the conditional. In addition, he provides an incisive look at illogical thinking and explains how to recognize and avoid the most common errors of logic.

Elegant, pithy, and precise, Being Logical breaks logic down to its essentials through clear analysis, accessible examples, and focused insights. Whether you are a student or a teacher, a professional sharpening your career skills or an amateur devoted to the fine points of thought and expression, you are sure to find this brief guide to effecting reasoning both fascinating and illuminating.


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"Whether regarded as a science, an art, or a skill - and it can properly be regarded as all three - logic is the basis of our ability to think, analyze, argue, and communicate. Indeed, logic goes to the very core of what we mean by human intelligence. In this book, Professor D. Q. McInerny offers a guide to using logic to advantage in everyday life. Written explicitly for the layperson, McInerny's Being Logical promises to take its place beside Strunk and White's The Elements of Style as a classic of lucid, invaluable advice." "In Being Logical, D. Q. McInerny breaks logic down to its essentials through clear analysis, accessible examples, and focused insights. Whether you are a student or a teacher, a professional honing your career skills or a generalist devoted to the fine points of thought and expression, you are sure to find Being Logical an invaluable guide to reasoning."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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