I wrote a 376-page draft of an introductory informal logic textbook in the Spring of 2010. Although I have revised it once already, I anticipate further revision before I begin to think about publication. Currently the text is used exclusively by students in my Practical Logic (Philosophy 201) class at Loyola New Orleans. I wrote it because I decided that none of the logic texts on the market today combined all of the topics I wanted to cover, and most were missing several important topics I thought were important for introductory logic students.

I. Introduction
Chapter 1—What logic is, and why we need it
II. Some basic forms of good reasoning, and their fallacious counterparts
Chapter 2—Logic and the basic requirements of good reasoning
Chapter 3—Better known premises and the fallacy of begging the question
Chapter 4—Relevance and the fallacy of subjectivism
Chapter 5—Reliable and unreliable testimony
Chapter 6—Reason, emotion, and emotionalism
III. Proof: Legitimate and illegitimate demands for it
Chapter 7—All the relevant evidence and proof
Chapter 8—The fallacy of ignoring relevant evidence
Chapter 9—Shifting the burden of proof and the argument from ignorance
Chapter 10—The pseudo-proof of crackpot conspiracy theories
IV. The role of meaning in logic
Chapter 11—The role of meaning, and fallacies of interpretation
Chapter 12—Rules of definition
Chapter 13—Settling definitional disputes
V. Inductive logic
Chapter 14—Induction and deduction
Chapter 15—Inductive fallacies
Chapter 16—Causal analysis
VI. Deductive logic
Chapter 17—Deductive validity and invalidity
Chapter 18—Categorical syllogisms
Chapter 19—Hypothetical and disjunctive syllogisms

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