Critical Thinking: A concise guide / Edition 3

Critical Thinking: A concise guide / Edition 3

by Tracy Bowell, Gary Kemp
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Taylor & Francis

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Critical Thinking: A concise guide / Edition 3

Critical Thinking: A Concise Guide is a much-needed guide to argument analysis and a clear introduction to thinking clearly and rationally for oneself. Through precise 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 are:

  • 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
  • chapter summaries, glossaries and useful exercises.

This third edition has been revised and updated throughout, with new exercises, and up-to-date topical examples, including: ‘real-world’ arguments; practical reasoning; understanding quantitative data, statistics, and the rhetoric used about them; scientific reasoning; and expanded discussion of conditionals, ambiguity, vagueness, slippery slope arguments, and arguments by analogy.

The Routledge Critical Thinking companion website, features a wealth of further resources, including examples and case studies, sample questions, practice questions and answers, and student activities.

Critical Thinking: A Concise Guide is essential reading for anyone, student or professional, at work or in the classroom, seeking to improve their reasoning and arguing skills.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415471831
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 08/11/2009
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.70(d)

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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