Being Logcal Essay

1618 Words Jul 24th, 2015 7 Pages
Book Review of Being Logical: A Guide to Good Thinking
Being Logical: A Guide to Good Thinking by D.Q. McInerny is an introduction to the science and art of thinking and living logically. The paperback version includes a preface and 137-pages that was published in 2005 by Random House in New Work and has a price tag of $12.95.
The author, D.Q. McInerny, is a professor of philosophy and has taught logic at several institutes of higher learning before ending up at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Lincoln, Nebraska. He has written works on religious philosophy and has collaborated on three text books concerning philosophy and logic. McInerny has written with conviction but believes that logic must be exercised in the educational
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Preparing the Mind for Logic
McInerny discusses the precautions we should take to prepare ourselves in order to understand logic in the first section of his book. He stresses that paying attention to detail, being objective, and taking ideas and equating them with facts is the first steps people should take (McInerny, 2005). McInerny then goes into effective communication habits and states that language and logic are interchangeable. Ultimately, he stresses that truth is the purpose for logic. On an interesting note, since the opposite of truth is lying he points out that lying is less of a logical situation and instead a psychological issue (McInerny, 2005).
The Basic Principles of Logic
McInerny briefly touches on the very basic principles of logic. These principles are: The Principle of Identity; the Principle of the Excluded Middle; The Principle of Sufficient Reasoning; and The Principle of Contradiction (McInerny, 2005). He details these in way for everyday use and how to apply the principles logically. McInerny wanted these principles to become second nature to the interested reader (McInerny, 2005).
Argument: The Language of Logic
In this part, McInerny explains that the argument is the footing for logical thinking (McInerny, 2005). He explains that an argument has a premise, the supporting statement, and a conclusion, the supported statement that is assumed true because of the basis of the premise. The truth of the premise is the

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