How the mind falls into error,( 1923) PDF book by Henry Bradford Smith : a brief treatment of fallacies

How the mind falls into error,( 1923) PDF book:  a brief treatment of fallacies for the general reader by Henry Bradford Smith

How the mind falls into error

Excerpt from the author's preface:

Nothing has a higher value in the eyes of the mere teacher attempting to present some subject dry and forbidding in itself, than a fresh illustration; and a teacher of logic is no exception to the rule. Every student in this field who has suffered at the hands of preceptors is familiar with that ancient argument: " What you bought yesterday, you eat today; you bought raw meat yesterday; therefore, you eat raw meat today."

A well- known writer observes of this case: "This piece of meat has remained uncooked, as fresh as ever, a prodigious time. It was raw when Reisch mentioned it in the Margarita PhilosopJiica in 1496: and Doctor Whateley found it in just the same state in 1826." The fresh illustration is as much of a necessity for teacher or student in this field as in any other and it is this need for which the present essay hopes in some sort to provide. The writer, encouraged by certain favorable attention which the chapter on fallacies in his First Book in Logic has aroused, has tried to give that material through expansion and amplification a somewhat wider appeal.


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