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Asking the Right Questions: A Guide to Critical Thinking (10th Edition) Paperback – July 9, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0205111169 ISBN-10: 0205111165 Edition: 10th

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Product Details

  • Series: Asking the Right Questions: A Guide to Critical Thinking
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 10th edition (July 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205111165
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205111169
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.4 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Asks good questions.
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This book may be useful to you if you have a substandard grasp of high-school English, but most of the content should be common knowledge to most university students.
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Capitanio on February 16, 2012
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I used this book as a textbook for an undergraduate introductory philosophy course with a Critical Thinking component - I was asked to put the course together at the last minute, and was searching for a textbook that was not prohibitively expensive. Unfortunately, the under-handed tactics of modern academic publishers make it so that it is nearly impossible to review the contents of any of these kinds of textbooks before purchasing them. Had I been able to do so, I would not have purchased the book because it displays one major shortcoming, namely, the lack of any discussion on the formation of arguments - inductive and deductive reasoning, syllogisms, premises, soundness/validity, etc. That said, the textbook was useful to some extent, although I think the attempt to present current and "hip" examples drawn from popular culture borders on pandering. It did include some good and accessible discussions of the value of critical thinking, as well as information on how to evaluate certain kinds of propositions and statements with a critical eye. And, the exercises included within did provoke some thoughtful responses from my students. However, due mainly to the aforementioned omission, I will not be using this book again. I would consider it more appropriate for high-school students than for college undergraduates.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ankur Datta on October 15, 2012
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The content in the book is fairly elementary. Anybody with a decent undergraduate education would have this knowledge. I was looking for something substantial or deep, but got just shallow words out of it. It seems there is hardly any good book that talks about Socrates's method these days. A slightly better but not substantially better book would be the "Art of Socratic Thinking".
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By LR on March 16, 2013
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I think this is one of the best books on critical thinking I've ever had the privilege of reading. The chapters are written in an engaging and informative style that stimulated thinking and learning. I wish I had had this book in my first few philosophy and political science classes, or for that matter in high school.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Judy on April 7, 2014
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It's a nice book for critical thinking. I feel like the information is common sense, so it was more of a reminder of how to think critically.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By aylan on April 14, 2014
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This book is so helpfull for all student to understand how can understand other and find real point on the speech and argument.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By louis Ciufolo-dickey on October 6, 2013
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As it was required reading for an online class I am taking, I found It was quite relevant to my learning experience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rebecca on August 6, 2014
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Easy to read. Great transaction. I will use the seller in future purchases! Product exactly as described!
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on February 15, 2013
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This book is, at best, a remedial 7th grade English composition book.

The first three chapters center around VERY basic argument construction, essentially describing conclusions and the need for reasons to support them. I'd like to believe that I outgrew the need for "indicator words for a conclusion" when I left middle school.

All in all, it's not terribly written: the material is logically organized and satisfactorily laid-out. However, this book seems to be marketed towards college students, and I can't believe the public school system in the U.S. has degenerated to the extent that high school graduates can't make use of basic argumentative structures.

I have no idea why this is used as a standard text in my GRADUATE-level Business Communication course. I don't mean to sound overly pretentious, but I honestly feel insulted that I have to stoop to such an unsophisticated style to prove that I've read the material.

This book may be useful to you if you have a substandard grasp of high-school English, but most of the content should be common knowledge to most university students.
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