A Practical Introduction, 2nd Edition
By Anne Thomson
Routledge – 2001 – 224 pages
We all engage in the process of reasoning, but we do not always pay attention to whether we are doing it well. This book offers students the opportunity to practise reasoning in a clear-headed and critical way, with the aims of developing an awareness of the importance of reasoning well, and of improving the reader's skill in analysing and evaluating arguments. In this second edition of the highly successful Critical Reasoning: A Practical Introduction , Ann Thomson has updated and revised the book to include new and topical examples which will guide students through the processes of critical reasoning in a clear and engaging way.
Praise for the first edition:'For the reader wanting a general introduction to critical reasoning, this book is a good one. It contains some good advice and plenty of practical examples.' - Philosophy Today
'Admirable clarity, supported by a wealth of useful examples and exercises.' - Philosophical Books
1. Analysing Reasoning: Recognising reasoning and identifying conclusions; Identifying reasons; Identifying assumptions
2. Evaluating reasoning: Evaluating the truth of reasons and assumptions; Evaluating support for conclusions; Evaluating further evidence; Questioning explanations; Summarising the skills of evaluation
Recognising the implications: Drawing conclusions; Recognising implications of arguments 4. Two skills in the use of language: Using language with clarity and precision; Summarising arguments
5. Exercising the skills of reasoning: Longer passages of reasoning
Answers to exercises Bibliography and further reading
Anne Thomson is Honorary Lecturer and fellow of the School of Economic and Social Studies at the University of East Anglia.