Being Logical: A Guide to Good Thinking

Being Logical: A Guide to Good Thinking

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Overview

Logic is synonymous with reason, judgment, sense, wisdom, and sanity. Being logical is the ability to create concise and reasoned arguments-arguments that build from given premises, using evidence, to a genuine conclusion. But mastering logical thinking also requires studying and understanding illogical thinking, both to sharpen one's own skills and to protect against incoherent, or deliberately misleading, reasoning.

Elegant, pithy, and precise, Being Logical breaks logic down to its essentials through clear analysis, accessible examples, and focused insights. D. Q. McInerny covers the sources of illogical thinking, from na ve optimism to narrow-mindedness, before dissecting the various tactics-red herrings, diversions, and simplistic reasoning-the illogical use in place of effective reasoning.

An indispensable guide to using logic to advantage in everyday life, this is a concise, accessible book. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781494538903
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 04/16/2019
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 5.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

D. Q. McInerny has taught logic to college students for decades at Notre Dame, the University of Kentucky, and Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Lincoln, Nebraska. A scholar of Thomas Merton and the recipient of two PhDs, Professor McInerny lives in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Al Kessel is a full-time narrator and voice actor currently living in Arizona, where he works from his professional home recording studio.

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