Informal Logic

[Revised entry by Leo Groarke on November 3, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, mars2.jpg] For centuries, the study of logic has inspired the idea that its methods might be harnessed in
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[Revised entry by Leo Groarke on November 3, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, mars2.jpg] For centuries, the study of logic has inspired the idea that its methods might be harnessed in efforts to understand and improve thinking, reasoning, and argument as they occur in real life contexts: in public discussion and debate; in education and intellectual exchange; in interpersonal relations; and in law, medicine and other professions. Informal logic is the attempt to build a logic suited to this purpose. It combines the study of argument, evidence, proof and justification with an instrumental outlook which emphasizes its...

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