A Concise Guide, 2nd Edition
Routledge – 2004 – 336 pages
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: A Concise Guide is a much needed guide to argument analysis and a clear introduction to thinking clearly and rationally for oneself. Accessibly written, 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 and tell good reasoning from bad
* chapter summaries, exercises, examples and a glossary.
The second edition has been updated to include topical new examples from politics, sport, medicine and music, as well as new exercises throughout.
'This concise guide offers relevant, rigorous and approachable methods… thoughtfully structured series of chapters, with clear definitions… this book [is] a valuable resource for developing a useful understanding of methods of persuasion.' - Times Educational Supplement
Preface Introduction and preview 1. Why Should we become Critical Thinkers? 2. Logic: Deductive Validity 3. Logic: Inductive Force 4. Rhetorical Ploys and Fallacies 5. The Practice of Argument Reconstruction 6. Issues in Argument Assessment 7. Truth, Knowledge and Belief Glossary Index
Tracy Bowell is lecturer in philosophy at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. Gary Kemp is lecturer in philosophy at Glasgow University.