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Elements of Logic

by Richard Whately

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0820111570, Hardcover)

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1834 Excerpt: ... BOOK III. OF FALLACIES. Introduction. By a Fallacy is commonly understood, "any D... nnsound mode of arguing,-which appears to faUacJ'-b demand our conviction, and to be decisive of the question in hand, when in fairness it is not." Considering. the ready detection and clear exposure of Fallacies to be both more extensively important, and also more difficult, than many are aware of, I propose to take a Logical view of the subject; referring the different Fallacies to the most convenient heads, and giving a scientific analysis of the procedure which takes place in each. After all, indeed, in the practical detection of each individual fallacy, much must depend on natural and acquired acuteness; nor can any rules be given, the mere learning of which will enable us to apply them with mechanical certainty and readiness: but still we shall find that to take correct general views of the subject, and to be familiarized with scientific discussions of it, will tend, above all things, to engender such-a habit of mind, as will best fit us for practice. Indeed the case is the same with respect to Logic in general; scarcely any one would, in ordinary practice, state to himself either his own or another,s reasoning, in Syllogisms in Barbara at full length; yet a familiarity with Logical principles tends very much (as all feel, who are really well acquainted with them) to beget a habit of-.lear and sound reasoning. The truth is, in this, as in many other things, there are processes going on in the mind (when we are practising any thing quite familiar to "is) with such rapidity as to leave no trace in the memory; and we often apply principles which did not, as far as we are conscious, even occur to us at the time. It would be foreign, however, to the present formelfwri-PurP...

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