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How to Think Straight: An Introduction to Critical Reasoning

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  • Posted April 28, 2009

    Extremely confusing writing style

    I've read 100's if not 1000's of books. I've read scholarly tomes and meaningless novels. But in all my readings I've yet to read a book with the convoluted and confusing writing style of this book. Dr. Flew's arguments are not to be faulted. His understanding of the subject is obviously complete. But he surely needs to hire a ghost writer for his next project. The only other book I've seen close in style was a book written by Bob Dylan in the 60's that provided NO punctuation. Dr. Flew must be from a derivative of the Dylan school of writing in that his punctuation is complete but his points are couched in extraordinarily circuitous wording.

    If thinking straight is the goal, expressing ideas clearly should be part of the process. I think this books fails in this area.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2009

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    Come On Man

    Whew. I want to begin by thanking the previous writer of a review of this book. I thought I was alone. I kept opening the book to its cover and wondering why I was not able to comprehend the message therein. I really have to speculate whether the publisher actually read this book before printing?? It has a great title and I had high expectations of a clear, sharply written tome that would set my formal logic towards enlightenment. Is that what I got??? NO or rather I am not sure. I am willing to attem-pt to re-read this book in abt 1 month so I will post a second review at that time. I am going to allow some time to pass to clear the air so to speak.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 8, 2014

    Valid points about logical thinking are obscured by a cumbersome

    Valid points about logical thinking are obscured by a cumbersome, confusing writing style that bored and vexed me endlessly. I was happy when I was able to dig out the deeply-buried points, but this book so overwhelmed me with needless and confusing verbiage that I finally felt what I got out of the book was not worth the effort I put into it. Prof. Flew displays the classic bad-academic writing style that leans far away from straightforward, easy-to-digest text and into the realm of the dense and the dull. Still, I could tell by what I was able to understand that he is a writer sincerely concerned about integrity and clear thinking, so at least he managed to remain in my good graces if I looked at the book from that perspective.

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