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Presenting the first book-length study in English of Aristotle’s Sophistical Refutations, this work takes a fresh look at this seminal text on false reasoning. Through a careful and critical analysis of Aristotle’s examples of sophistical reasoning, Scott G. Schreiber explores Aristotle’s rationale for his taxonomy of twelve fallacy types. Contrary to certain modern attempts to reduce all fallacious reasoning to either errors of logical form or linguistic imprecision, Aristotle insists that, as important as form and language are, certain types of false reasoning derive their persuasiveness from mistaken beliefs about the nature of language and the nature of the world.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xiii-xv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. Part 1 Fallacies Due to Language
  2. p. 9
  1. Chapter 1 The Power of Names
  2. pp. 11-18
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  1. Chapter 2 Homonymy and Amphiboly
  2. pp. 19-36
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  1. Chapter 3 Form of the Expression
  2. pp. 37-54
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  1. Chapter 4 Composition, Division, and Accent
  2. pp. 55-76
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  1. Part 2 Resolutions of False Arguments
  2. p. 77
  1. Chapter 5 Resolutions of False Arguments
  2. pp. 79-94
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  1. Part 3 Fallacies Outside of Language
  2. p. 95
  1. Chapter 6 Begging the Question and Non-Cause As Cause
  2. pp. 97-112
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  1. Chapter 7 Accident and Consequent
  2. pp. 113-140
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  1. Chapter 8 Secundum Quid
  2. pp. 141-152
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  1. Chapter 9 Many Questions
  2. pp. 153-172
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  1. Appendix 1
  2. pp. 173-176
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  1. Appendix 2
  2. pp. 177-178
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  1. Appendix 3
  2. pp. 179-186
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  1. Appendix 4
  2. pp. 187-190
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 191-232
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 233-240
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  1. Index of Names
  2. pp. 241-244
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  1. Subject Index
  2. pp. 245-248
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780791487181
Related ISBN
9780791456590
MARC Record
OCLC
55896382
Pages
264
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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