While the term “logic” ought to go beyond formal logic, for philosophers it often does not extend very far…
- Valuable for philosophy majors and popular with science students
- Familiar material for many instructors with philosophy training
- Not relevant to most of everyday reasoning and civic discourse
- Generally lacks an overarching rationale or purpose
- Typically neglects presumptive argumentation schemes and falls back on the inadequate categories of inductive and deductive reasoning.
- Should count as a specialty subject matter, not general critical thinking, but has dominated Anglo-American conceptions of philosophical reasoning
Many older and out of print books; sometimes referred to as “baby logic.”
THE CURRENT OFFERINGS:
Formal logic textbooks are sometimes used to teach CT, but I advise against it. Look instead for an argumentation or comprehensive text that involves and integrates the type of formal logic that you consider important if that’s your priority or expertise.