This is the best single text I have seen for addressing the level, presumptions, and interests of the non-specialist. The authors have a fine knack for articulating simply and clearly the most elementary - but also the most important - aspects of critical thinking in a way that should be clear to the novice.
Charles Ess, Drury University
Attempts to persuade us - to believe something, to do something, to buy something - are everywhere. What is less clear is how to think critically about such attempts and how to distinguish those that are sound arguments. Critical Thinking: A Concise Guide is a much-needed guide to argument analysis and a clear introduction to thinking clearly and rationally for oneself. Through clear and accessible discussion, this book equips students with the essential skills required to tell a good argument from a bad one.
Key features of the book include:
♦ Clear, jargon-free discussion of key concepts in argumentation.
♦ How to avoid common confusions surrounding words such as 'truth', 'knowledge' and 'opinion'.
♦ How to identify and evaluate the most common types of argument.
♦ How to spot fallacies in arguments and tell good reasoning from bad.
♦ Topical examples from politics, sport, medicine, music; chapter summaries; glossary and exercises throughout.
Critical Thinking: A Concise Guide is essential reading for anyone, student or professional, at work or in the classroom, seeking to improve their reasoning and arguing skills.
For further exercises and information, please go to www.routledge. com/textbooks/criticalthinking
Tracy Bowel I is lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Waikato, New Zealand.
Dr Gary Kemp is lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Glasgow, UK.
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