Every day we are bombarded with messages apparently telling us what to do or not to do, what to believe or not to believe. Some messages we just ignore, some we unreflectively obey and some we unreflectively reject. Others we might think about and question, asking ‘why should I do, or refrain from doing that?’, or ‘why should I believe that, or not believe it?’. We are frequently confronted with arguments: these are attempts to persuade us – to influence our beliefs and actions – by giving us reasons to believe this or that, or to act in this way or that. This book will equip you with concepts and techniques used in the identification, analysis and assessment of arguments. The aim is to improve your ability to tell whether an argument is being given, exactly what the argument is, and whether you ought to be persuaded by it. Each chapter concludes with a chapter summary and exercises; answers to selected exercises are at the end of the text. Where appropriate, the reader is encouraged to look outside the book for further examples to serve as exercises.
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