How to Think Straight: An Introduction to Critical Reasoning

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Celebrated philosopher Antony Flew entertainingly instructs on the many and varied faults that occur in argument, the power of reason, how to challenge assertions and find evidence, and how not to be persuaded by half-truths. Lucid, terse, and sensible, this enlightening second edition helps readers gain the skills necessary to argue and reason effectively.
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Overview

Celebrated philosopher Antony Flew entertainingly instructs on the many and varied faults that occur in argument, the power of reason, how to challenge assertions and find evidence, and how not to be persuaded by half-truths. Lucid, terse, and sensible, this enlightening second edition helps readers gain the skills necessary to argue and reason effectively.
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A revised and expanded version of a book originally published in the UK as Thinking about Thinking and later reissued in the US as Thinking Straight. Flew (emeritus, philosophy, Reading University, UK) instructs on the varied faults that occur in argument, the power of reason, how to challenge assertions and find evidence, and how to avoid being taken in by half-truths. The revision incorporates references to contemporary controversies as well as an increased number of references to the ideas of classical philosophers and great thinkers. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573922395
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 10/28/1998
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 164
  • Sales rank: 679,381
  • Product dimensions: 6.01 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.48 (d)

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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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