Critical Thinking / Edition 2

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Overview

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. Accessibly written, this book equips readers with the essential skills required to discuss 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 and tell good reasoning from bad
* Chapter summaries, exercises, examples, and a glossary

The second edition has been updated to include topical new examples from politics, sport, medicine and music, as well as new exercises throughout.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415343121
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/22/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Why should we become critical thinkers? 1
Ch. 2 Logic : deductive validity 43
Ch. 3 Logic : inductive force 80
Ch. 4 Rhetorical ploys and fallacies 113
Ch. 5 The practice of argument-reconstruction 168
Ch. 6 Issues in argument assessment 226
Ch. 7 Truth, knowledge and belief 261
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