© 2000

In Defense of Informal Logic


Part of the Argumentation Library book series (ARGA, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Don S. Levi
    Pages 1-15
  3. Don S. Levi
    Pages 42-58
  4. Don S. Levi
    Pages 77-95
  5. Don S. Levi
    Pages 96-110
  6. Don S. Levi
    Pages 111-124
  7. Don S. Levi
    Pages 169-184
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 209-224

About this book


My impulse when I decided to collect into a single volume the essays on topics in logical theory and related subjects that I have written in the last fifteen years was to borrow from the title of a work by Sextus Empiricus, and call my collection "Against the Logicians." Although the essays address a variety of problems that interest me, the thread that runs through them is a scepticism about how logicians see things. So, the title appealed to me. However, I had second thoughts and chose instead a title of one of my own essays, "In Defense of Informal Logic", which emphasizes my support for other approaches. Although my criticisms of logical theory are designed to cut deeply, I do not want to be unresponsive to the needs that it is supposed to satisfy. However, my position that we have adequate resources for critically analyzing a particular argument and 00 not need a theory of argumentation, will not completely satisfy those who think that there is a need for it. So, I want them to know that I am taking their concerns seriously.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of OregonEugeneUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title In Defense of Informal Logic
  • Authors D.S. Levi
  • Series Title Argumentation Library
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-6148-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-481-5388-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-017-1850-9
  • Series ISSN 1566-7650
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 224
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Logic
    Social Sciences, general
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