Thinking Straight Principles of Reasoning for Readers and Writers by Monroe C. Beardsley
Three previous best-selling editions demonstrate the popularity of this practical book. THINKING STRAIGHT deals with fundamentals rather than theories, and presents them in clear, straightforward terms that help you understand and apply the principles of logic and semantics. The fourth edition is more concrete and contains new examples and distinctions that provide greater clarification. All of the quizzes and exercise materials are new, taken from recent issues in the press.
The sound approach of this text helps you become critical and rational in assimilating information from the media. The material also guides you in becoming a more effective reader, writer, or speaker.
Each section explains all principles clearly and introduces topics that are basic and essential. This is a logic book directed toward your needs, written in a fairly simple, lively, clear style.
Contents: Preview -- Analyzing an Argument -- Valid Deduction -- Weighing the Evidence -- Some Pitfalls of Language -- Some Resources of Language -- Definition and the Control of Meaning -- Review.