Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Philosophy of Logic & Language. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.
1. The Fallacy Detective: Thirty-Eight Lessons on How to Recognize Bad Reasoning
The Fallacy Detective has been the best selling text for teaching logical fallacies and introduction to logic for over 15 years. "Can learning logic be fun? With The Fallacy Detective it appears that it can be. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who wants to improve his reasoning skills." --Tim Challies, curriculum reviewer "Cartoon and comic illustrations, humorous examples, and a very reader-friendly writing style make this the sort of course students will enjoy." --Cathy Duffy, homeschool curriculum reviewer "I really like The Fallacy Detective because it has funny cartoons, silly stories, and teaches you a lot!" --11 Year Old What is a fallacy? A fallacy is an error in logic a place where someone has made a mistake in his thinking. This is a handy book for learning to spot common errors in reasoning. - For ages twelve through adult. - Fun to use -- learn skills you can use right away. - Peanuts, Dilbert, and Calvin and Hobbes cartoons. - Includes The Fallacy Detective Game. - Exercises with answer key.
- Author: Nathaniel Bluedorn
- Publisher: Christian Logic; 4th edition (April 4, 2015)
- Genre: Science & Math, Mathematics
- ISBN: 978-0974531571
- Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.6 x 9 inches
2. Print Handwriting Workbook for Teens: Improve your printing handwriting & practice print penmanship workbook for teens and tweens
This print handwriting workbook is for teens and tweens who are looking to build print writing skills. Get over 100 pages of practice supported by easy illustrated dot to dot method to make learning print writing fun and easy. The teen writing workbook starts with the basic alphabet to develop the required muscle memory and progressively advances to writing using a smaller letter size. It builds an understanding of how to form each letter of the alphabet correctly. This print handwriting workbook takes the writer on a skill building journey of Tracing the letters Writing two, three and four letter words Writing numbers and number words Writing entire sentences The included thoughtful quotes and motivational sentences give a great foundation for writing while helping teens and tweens explore new concepts Buy this today to begin a journey into the beautiful world of print writing penmanship. On sale currently - Under $10
- Author: Sujatha Lalgudi
- Publisher: Independently published (June 18, 2020)
- Genre: Reference, Words, Language & Grammar
- ISBN: 979-8654857675
- Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.25 x 11 inches
3. Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize A metaphorical fugue on minds and machines in the spirit of Lewis Carroll Douglas Hofstadter's book is concerned directly with the nature of "maps" or links between formal systems. However, according to Hofstadter, the formal system that underlies all mental activity transcends the system that supports it. If life can grow out of the formal chemical substrate of the cell, if consciousness can emerge out of a formal system of firing neurons, then so too will computers attain human intelligence. Gödel, Escher, Bach is a wonderful exploration of fascinating ideas at the heart of cognitive science: meaning, reduction, recursion, and much more.
- Author: Douglas R Hofstadter
- Publisher: Basic Books; 20th Anniversary ed. edition (February 5, 1999)
- Genre: Computers & Technology, Computer Science
- ISBN: 978-0465026562
- Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.9 x 9.25 inches
4. How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking
“Witty, compelling, and just plain fun to read . . ." — Evelyn Lamb, Scientific American The Freakonomics of math—a math-world superstar unveils the hidden beauty and logic of the world and puts its power in our hands The math we learn in school can seem like a dull set of rules, laid down by the ancients and not to be questioned. In How Not to Be Wrong , Jordan Ellenberg shows us how terribly limiting this view is: Math isn’t confined to abstract incidents that never occur in real life, but rather touches everything we do—the whole world is shot through with it. Math allows us to see the hidden structures underneath the messy and chaotic surface of our world. It’s a science of not being wrong, hammered out by centuries of hard work and argument. Armed with the tools of mathematics, we can see through to the true meaning of information we take for granted: How early should you get to the airport? What does “public opinion” really represent? Why do tall parents have shorter children? Who really won Florida in 2000? And how likely are you, really, to develop cancer? How Not to Be Wrong presents the surprising revelations behind all of these questions and many more, using the mathematician’s method of analyzing life and exposing the hard-won insights of the academic community to the layman—minus the jargon. Ellenberg chases mathematical threads through a vast range of time and space, from the everyday to the cosmic, encountering, among other things, baseball, Reaganomics, daring lottery schemes, Voltaire, the replicability crisis in psychology, Italian Renaissance painting, artificial languages, the development of non-Euclidean geometry, the coming obesity apocalypse, Antonin Scalia’s views on crime and punishment, the psychology of slime molds, what Facebook can and can’t figure out about you, and the existence of God. Ellenberg pulls from history as well as from the latest theoretical developments to provide those not trained in math with the knowledge they need. Math, as Ellenberg says, is “an atomic-powered prosthesis that you attach to your common sense, vastly multiplying its reach and strength.” With the tools of mathematics in hand, you can understand the world in a deeper, more meaningful way. How Not to Be Wrong will show you how.
- Author: Jordan Ellenberg
- Publisher: Penguin Books; Illustrated edition (May 26, 2015)
- Genre: Science & Math, Mathematics
- ISBN: 978-0143127536
- Dimensions: 1.1 x 5.4 x 8.4 inches
5. Introducing Logic: A Graphic Guide (Introducing...)
Logic is the backbone of Western civilization, holding together its systems of philosophy, science and law. Yet despite logic's widely acknowledged importance, it remains an unbroken seal for many, due to its heavy use of jargon and mathematical symbolism.This book follows the historical development of logic, explains the symbols and methods involved and explores the philosophical issues surrounding the topic in an easy-to-follow and friendly manner. It will take you through the influence of logic on scientific method and the various sciences from physics to psychology, and will show you why computers and digital technology are just another case of logic in action.
- Author: Dan Cryan
- Publisher: Icon Books Ltd; Compact ed edition (June 5, 2014)
- Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Science & Math
6. ALPHA MALE BIBLE: CHARISMA, PSYCHOLOGY OF ATTRACTION, CHARM. ART OF CONFIDENCE, SELF-HYPNOSIS, MEDITATION. ART OF BODY LANGUAGE, EYE CONTACT, SMALL TALK. HABITS & SELF-DISCIPLINE OF A REAL ALPHA MAN.
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- Author: SEAN WAYNE
- Publisher: Independently published (January 25, 2021)
- Genre: Teen & Young Adult, Religion & Spirituality
- ISBN: 979-8700222983
- Dimensions: 6 x 0.28 x 9 inches
7. Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words
After many years of revising the essays, author David Whyte has published this revised edition of his well loved book. In addition to sharper versions of many of the essays, it contains an additional piece, CLOSE: To consciously become close is a form of unilateral disarmament, a chancing of our arm and our love, a willingness to hazard our affections and an unconscious declaration that we might be equal to the inevitable loss that the vulnerability of being close will bring. With the imagery of a poet and the reflection of a philosopher, David Whyte turns his attention to 52 ordinary words, each its own particular doorway into the underlying currents of human life.
- Author: David Whyte
- Publisher: Many Rivers Press; Revised edition (January 1, 2021)
- Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy
- ISBN: 978-1932887341
- Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 7.5 inches
8. Bad Arguments: 100 of the Most Important Fallacies in Western Philosophy
A timely and accessible guide to 100 of the most infamous logical fallacies in Western philosophy, helping readers avoid and detect false assumptions and faulty reasoning You’ll love this book or you’ll hate it. So, you’re either with us or against us. And if you’re against us then you hate books. No true intellectual would hate this book. Ever decide to avoid a restaurant because of one bad meal? Choose a product because a celebrity endorsed it? Or ignore what a politician says because she’s not a member of your party? For as long as people have been discussing, conversing, persuading, advocating, proselytizing, pontificating, or otherwise stating their case, their arguments have been vulnerable to false assumptions and faulty reasoning. Drawing upon a long history of logical falsehoods and philosophical flubs, Bad Arguments demonstrates how misguided arguments come to be, and what we can do to detect them in the rhetoric of others and avoid using them ourselves. Fallacies—or conclusions that don’t follow from their premise—are at the root of most bad arguments, but it can be easy to stumble into a fallacy without realizing it. In this clear and concise guide to good arguments gone bad, Robert Arp, Steven Barbone, and Michael Bruce take readers through 100 of the most infamous fallacies in Western philosophy, identifying the most common missteps, pitfalls, and dead-ends of arguments gone awry. Whether an instance of sunk costs, is ought, affirming the consequent, moving the goal post, begging the question, or the ever-popular slippery slope , each fallacy engages with examples drawn from contemporary politics, economics, media, and popular culture. Further diagrams and tables supplement entries and contextualize common errors in logical reasoning. At a time in our world when it is crucial to be able to identify and challenge rhetorical half-truths, this bookhelps readers to better understand flawed argumentation and develop logical literacy. Unrivaled in its breadth of coverage and a worthy companion to its sister volume Just the Arguments (2011), Bad Arguments is an essential tool for undergraduate students and general readers looking to hone their critical thinking and rhetorical skills.
- Author: Robert Arp
- Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1st edition (September 28, 2018)
- Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Politics & Social Sciences
9. The Thinking Toolbox: Thirty-Five Lessons That Will Build Your Reasoning Skills
The Thinking Toolbox has been the best selling text for teaching critical thinking skills and introduction to logic for over 15 years. "The Bluedorns have certainly achieved their goal of creating a logic textbook that is neither boring nor distant, but rather informative, approachable, enjoyable, and valuable." - Jordan J. Ballor at the Acton Institute --Acton Institute web site "I think the best part of The Thinking Toolbox would be the examples because they are hilarious. . . . I would highly recommend this book. It's useful and great comedy at the same time." Sarah (age 11) --student This book is like a toolbox, full of different kinds of tools you can use for different thinking tasks. Just as you use the wrench in a regular tool box to fix the sink, so you can use the tools we give you in this book to solve thinking problems. - When it is dumb to argue - Using the scientific method - Five rules of brainstorming - Who has a reason to lie? - How to analyze opposing viewpoints - How to analyze evidence and sources - How to list reasons why you believe something - And much more We wrote this book for children and adults who want to learn logic and critical thinking skills. The Thinking Toolbox follows the same style as The Fallacy Detective with lessons and exercises and an answer key in the back. Parents and teachers, as well as anybody who wants to learn logic, will find The Thinking Toolbox easy to use and practical. Features: - Fun to use not dry like a math textbook - Can be used after The Fallacy Detective - Introductory teaches skills you can use right away - Self-teaching format - For ages thirteen and older - Over 60 cartoon illustrations by Richard LaPierre
- Author: Nathaniel Bluedorn
- Publisher: Christian Logic (July 1, 2005)
- Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy
- ISBN: 978-0974531519
- Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.54 x 9 inches
10. A Rulebook for Arguments
From academic writing to personal and public discourse, the need for good arguments and better ways of arguing is greater than ever before. This timely fifth edition of A Rulebook for Arguments sharpens an already-classic text, adding updated examples and a new chapter on public debates that provides rules for the etiquette and ethics of sound public dialogue as well as clear and sound thinking in general.
- Author: Anthony Weston
- Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.; Fifth Edition, 5 (February 1, 2018)
- Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Humanities
- ISBN: 978-1624666544
- Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.25 x 8.5 inches