Clear Thinking: A Practical Introduction

Clear Thinking: A Practical Introduction

by Hy Ruchlis
     
 

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This lively introduction to the basis of critical analysis shows how to evaluate evidence, isolate facts, and use sound reasoning skills in everyday situations. Chapters focus on: The Importance of Clear Thinking; The Nature of Facts; The Reasoning Process; Language and Reasoning; Common Errors in Reasoning; Conflicting Opinions; Stereotypes, Prejudice, and…  See more details below

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This lively introduction to the basis of critical analysis shows how to evaluate evidence, isolate facts, and use sound reasoning skills in everyday situations. Chapters focus on: The Importance of Clear Thinking; The Nature of Facts; The Reasoning Process; Language and Reasoning; Common Errors in Reasoning; Conflicting Opinions; Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination; How Opinions Are Influenced; and much more.

". . . each chapter is chock-full of interesting examples borrowed from real life or science. This will help catch the interest of many students. The book's amiable and anecdotal style is likely to keep them reading. . . .because it is fun to read and it invites discussion, it might stimulate students' interest in either the psychological or normative aspects of thinking. Junior colleges and high schools would do well to include it in their libraries." -Teaching Philosophy

"A lively presentation of the basic elements of critical analysis and problem solving. . . . Written for young adults but useful to anyone wanting to brush up on the application of logical reasoning skills to everyday life." -Science News

"The chapters are just long enough to be substantive and short enough to maintain interest. They are well organized into major discussions by listing a series of questions at the end of each chapter. Discussion of each of the questions is conveniently found at the back of the book." -Roeper Review

"Among the plethora of books on thinking and thinking skills that have been published . . . [this] is a welcome addition. . . . It should prove to be a helpful resource for anyone who wants to think about their own thinking, and, in particular, for teachers who want to supplement their course content with examples and activities for students." -Reading Horizons

"Clear Thinking makes an invaluable contribution to openmindedness. One's mindset gets a therapeutic jolt. The challenging questions, and propositions at the end of each chapter were not only thought-provoking, but great fun." -UCO Reporter

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Booknews
A well-written introduction to critical analysis, ostensibly for young adults, but useful to older ones as well. Updates the 1962 original (Harper & Row). No bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781615923199
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
05/01/1990
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
526,721
File size:
3 MB

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