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Art of Thinking, The (9th Edition) Paperback – November 6, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0205668335 ISBN-10: 020566833X Edition: 9th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Longman; 9 edition (November 6, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 020566833X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205668335
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #472,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Accessible and engaging, this unique book offers strategies for critical and creative thinking and includes many opportunities for practicing these skills. This book is a comprehensive guide to critical and creative thinking that also shows readers how to persuade others. By introducing readers to the principals and techniques of creative thinking and how to evaluate their own ideas and the ideas of others, The Art of Thinking, 6/e presents readers with a step-by-step process for problem solving. For anyone interested in exploring critical and creative thinking. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

The first time I read this book, it was one of the earlier editions.
Raisond'etre!
The flow of the topics and the content successfully aroused my mind and the book actually helped me a lot on ways of thinking even until now.
paul_cheng
Some of the critics claim that this book is "insulting to their intelligence".
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By paul_cheng on September 2, 2003
Format: Paperback
This title was the first text book I used in my first ever philosophy class at college some 20 years ago. It really inspired me to start "thinking" about how people think. The flow of the topics and the content successfully aroused my mind and the book actually helped me a lot on ways of thinking even until now. I just want to let everyone know that this title is an excellent read for teenagers to adults alike.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John Pappas on August 20, 2001
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I have been using Mr. Ruggiero's text, The Art of Thinking, in college writing classes for several years. It has been very useful in introducing ideas about thinking and organization to my students. I use the text and provide several exercises based on readings and real life situations. Many students have told me at the end of the semester that this book is a "keeper." In other words they were not going to sell the book back to the bookstore, but instead were going to keep it for further use in their lives. They particularly liked the section on the creative process as an organizational process, and the section on habits that hinder thinking. They said they found these sections helpful both in their college tasks and in their own personal lives. I plan to continue using this fine book.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Prof. Adam Davis on August 3, 2001
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I am much taken with the approach to thinking as an activity with its own structure, a structure which once articulated can be effectively mapped onto its expressions in writing and speech. One of the things that concerns me very deeply about students, and it's perhaps just a cultural moment (but a long one, with no end in sight) is a presumption of determinism concerning their own ways of thinking. It's visible in the grammatical structures they use to describe current practices: "I'm not much of a reader;" "I need to be entertained to find a book worthwhile" -- they even extend it to the legibility of their handwriting. Ruggiero's assumption that one can modify the nature of one's thinking by a process of examination, insight and will, is bound to be liberating. In fact, it's a time honored principle of western intellectual and spiritual traditions, but not well suited to social constructivist models of cognition and composition in their cruder forms. The advice to "be creative" would be spectacularly useless without the quite accessible, though not at all reductive, inquiry into certain definable features of thought-processes which result in things we generally regard as pretty good creative thinking. The approach of the book overall has both conservative and innovative aspects, and as a totality it gains my respect. It assumes a reasonable tone of authority, and validates the claim by proceeding intelligibly through a jargon-free but theoretically sound account of the various processes we designate by "thinking," and distinguishing purposeful thinking from other kinds of mental activity.Read more ›
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Dr. James Bell on January 31, 2000
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Thinking is a very big topic. I have used this book for 10 years in a course that introduces freshmen and sophomores to use their minds to think. The book is easy to read and does not demand a lot of study time from readers. Consequently, students have more time to think about the problems at the end of each chapter. My students rate the book highly for the purpose of serving as an introduction.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 26, 2002
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I first read this marvelous book while doing the research for my book "Why Didn't I Think of That? - Think the Unthinkable and Achieve Creative Greatness." Anyone serious about improving their thinking capacities simply must read Ruggiero's book. Used as the primary text in many college level critical and creative thinking courses, "The Art of Thinking" covers both basic and advanced concepts using well designed examples and artfully crafted exercises helping readers to learn both easily and completely. At signing events, and after speaking engagements, when readers of my book ask me to recommend other related works, I always place Ruggiero's book at the top of the list.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kanikei on August 16, 2001
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Ruggiero's text is about thinking and writing. For me as a composition instructor in community college, its three major strengths are its promotion of critical reading, its promotion of reflection, and its emphasis on learning by doing.
It makes me think of a saying I copied down so long ago I've forgotten its origin: "Better writers make better thinkers." Actually, I think this text is more about "better thinkers make better writers."
The book is conversational, respectful, helpful, and kind. I like the scenarios presented as examples of thinking principles at the beginning of each chapter. In addition to providing concrete examples of the principles presented in the chapter, they illustrate the principle "Show, don't tell," providing a useful model of effective writing for the students. The sample problems and issues elsewhere in the text are realistic, believable and engaging. They encourage students to think for themselves.
The book attempts to move readers from passive thinking to reflective critical thinking. Its neutral, distant but kindly voice works well to invite students into a world of academic discourse without intimidating them.
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