Critical Thinking: A concise guide

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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 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 is essential reading for anyone, student or professional, at work or in the classroom, seeking to improve their reasoning and arguing skills.
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'This concise guide offers relevant, rigorous and approachable methods…The authors focus on analysing and assessing arguments in a thoughtfully structured series of chapters, with clear definitions, a glossary, plenty of examples and some useful exercises.'

Will Ord, Times Educational Supplement

‘In my view this book is the most useful textbook on the market for its stated audience. It provides exceptionally clear explanations, with sufficient technical detail, but without over-complication. It is my first-choice text for teaching critical thinking to first-year undergraduate students.’

Dawn Phillips, University of Southampton

‘…written with actual undergraduates, and the standard mistakes and confusions that they tend to be subject to, clearly borne in mind…’

Helen Beebee, University of Manchester

'This is the best single text I have seen for addressing the level, presumptions, and interests of the non-specialist.'

Charles Ess, Drury University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415471824
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 0.67 (w) x 0.97 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Tracy Bowell is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. Gary Kemp is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Glasgow, UK.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introducing Arguments


Chapter 2: Language and Rhetoric

Chapter 3: Logic: Deductive Validity

Chapter 4 : Logic: Inductive force

Chapter 5: The practice of argument-reconstruction

Chapter 6: Issues in argument assessment

Chapter 7: Pseudo-Reasoning

Chapter 8 :Truth Knowledge and Belief

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