The art of logical thinking; (1909) PDF book by William Walker Atkinson

The art of logical thinking; (1909) or, The laws of reasoning

The art of logical thinking

 William Walker Atkinson intends in this book to illustrate the laws of reasoning in detail and also fallacies in an easy and simple way.

Excerpt from the author's introduction

The reasoning is defined as the act, process, or art of exercising the faculty of reason; the act or faculty of employing reason in argument; argumentation, ratiocination; reasoning power; disputation, discussion, argumentation. Stewart says The word reason itself is far from being precise in its meaning. In common and popular discourse it denotes that power by which we distinguish truth from falsehood, and right from wrong, and by which we are enabled to combine means for the attainment of particular ends.

Contents of the book:

I. Reasoning 9 

II. The Process of Reasoning 17 

III. Concept 25 

IV, The Use of Concepts 37 

V. Concepts and Images 48 

VL Terms 56 

VII. The Meaning of Terms 73 

VIIL Judgments 82 

IX. Propositions 90 

X. Immediate Reasoning 99 

XI. Inductive Reasoning 107 

XII. Reasoning by Induction 116 

XIII. Theory and Hypotheses 125 

XIV. Making and Testing Hypotheses 132 

XV. Deductive Reasoning 144 

XVL The Syllogism 156 

XVII. Varieties of Syllogisms 167 

XVIII. Reasoning by Analogy 179 

XIX. Fallacies 186 

Author: William Walker Atkinson 
Publication Date:1909 

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