This new edition of a Timeless Classic shows how clear thinking can discover the truth at the heart of every argument, however emotionally charged the topic.
It describes the typical flaws of Reasoning and reveals the ways in which language can be used to generate emotional responses and manipulated reactions.
Newly updated with examples from the world of politics, religion, international affairs and the media, this book will educate you in the use of rational language and clear thought, empowering you to hold your own in any argument or debate, no matter how challenging.
A true Masterpiece, Straight & Crooked Thinking has shown many thousands over the decades how to cope with media spin and distorted reasoning - and now it will do the same for you.
|Publisher:||Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd.|
|Product dimensions:||4.90(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Born in 1894, Robert Thouless was a psychologist. He was Head of the Department of Psychology in Glasgow until 1938, after which he became Reader and Reader Emeritus at Cambridge. He specialised in logic, rationality and the study of responses to the paranormal and wrote several titles in addition to this one. He died in 1984.
Table of Contents
1 Different ways of using language 1
2 Words and facts 15
3 The meanings of words 29
4 Definition and some of its difficulties 37
5 Good and bad definitions 44
6 All and some 51
7 Some dishonest tricks in argument 62
8 Some logical fallacies 74
9 Habits of thought 85
10 Prejudice 97
11 Predigested thinking 111
12 Pitfalls in analogy 118
13 Oratory and suggestion 127
14 Tricks of suggestion 138
15 Straight thinking 146
16 The future of straight thinking 151
Appendix 1 Thirty-seven dishonest tricks commonly used in argument, with the methods of overcoming them 159
Appendix 2 A discussion illustrating crooked thinking 165
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I had a chance to speed read this old favorite of mine that teaches how to use clear rational thinking, cope with `spin¿ and distorted reasoning. This book should be a must-read in schools. You are never too old to learn its lessons.