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Critical Thinking: A Concise Guide by Tracy…

Critical Thinking: A Concise Guide

by Tracy Bowell

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I picked up this book while looking for an introduction to critical thinking, something that would cover the most basic skills and lacks thereof. It's not exactly a pageturner and occasionally tends towards lond-windedness, but otherwise I did find it perfectly suitable for my purposes. The chapter on rhetorical ploys and fallacies was particularly useful and seemed to me the most interesting. Overall, I wished there had been some more extreme examples from 'taboo' subjects such as politics and religion, although I did appreciate their apparent purpose of not catering to any specific group of critical thinkers. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0415240174, Paperback)

Critical Thinking is a much-needed guide to thinking skills and above all to thinking critically for oneself. Through clear discussion, students learn the skills required to tell a good argument from a bad one.
Key features include:
*jargon-free discussion of key concepts in argumentation
*how to avoid 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
Critical Thinking is essential reading for anyone, student or professional, seeking to improve their reasoning and arguing skills.

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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. 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.… (more)

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