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Asking the Right Questions: A Guide to Critical Thinking, 9th Edition Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0205506682 ISBN-10: 0205506682 Edition: 9th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 9 edition (January 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205506682
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205506682
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bottom line, get this book!
Ahmad Alhour
If I didn't need this book for a class, I wouldn't have purchased it.
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I also found it difficult to use examples from my research work.
Ali Alsam

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Ali Alsam on August 25, 2011
Format: Paperback
At the university where I work as a professor of science, I was asked to teach a course called "science in practice". My first question was: Which textbook should I use? I read some books on the philosophy of science but concluded that the ideas are too abstract even for a trained scientist. I wanted a book that teaches the student how to think like a scientist. I also found it difficult to use examples from my research work. To do that I had to teach first year undergraduate students about image processing before I could move on to the actual topic. Luckily, I came across this book!

This book is about critical thinking. How asking a set of well defined questions would reveal to us the worth of an argument in a speech, article or amazon-book-review. The authors make the claim that by learning the meaning behind those questions and asking them we can become critical thinkers. In my experience, their claim is true. Having taught the course for three years, I can say that almost all the students learn something very valuable and in addition enjoy the process of learning. I have myself become better at structuring my arguments when I write scientific papers. Some books have the power of being able to change your thinking- This is one of them.

As a side note, may I say that it isn't right to add a review that affects the ranking of a book when the review is based on feedback to a certain book seller?!
In this book we learn that the conclusion has to be an answer to the issue which we are exploring. The issue when reviewing this book is: Is this a good introduction to critical thinking? My conclusion is yes. Highly recommended.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Ahmad Alhour on February 20, 2011
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This book is the strongest introduction to critical thinking I have read so far. And by "strongest" I mean it teaches you critical thinking in a step-by-step process where you will be introduced to each topic of critical thinking one at a time with precision & clarity. And the approach the authors use is unique! Where it's centralized around asking key and important questions that would shed light on the dark spots of arguments.

It begins by explaining the benefits of being a critical thinker (Chapter 1.)
Then, it takes you to how to be a critical thinker and what are the attitudes of a critical thinker, it's more of the common-sense of critical thinkers (Chapter 2.)
After that, you will be introduced to the most basic elements of critical thinking and argument-analysis: The Issue and Conclusion (Chapter 3)
Next, is also another step of analysis which is concerned about the Reasons supporting the argument (Chapter 4)
Now, after having the structure of arguments analyzed you will be spotting influential elements in the argument that would play key roles in persuading you... Such elements are like the use and abuse of ambiguity (Chapter 5) and it's other sisters - the Assumptions and unstated beliefs the arguer hides behind their arguments (Chapter 6)

Reaching chapter 6 means the end of analysis and the start of evaluation of arguments...
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22 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 27, 2009
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The book is short and sweet. A very quick overview of Critical Thinking. If I didn't need this book for a class, I wouldn't have purchased it. I would prefer something that is more in depth and more complete. It is fine for a quicky, crash course on critical thinking.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By katiemcgmalone on March 6, 2013
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This book was required for one of my graduate courses, and while I wouldn't normally read something like this, it is definitely a great read and has completely changed the way I make decisions!
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By JSkiff on March 28, 2014
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I honestly don't remember this book.... starting to wonder if I actually ever received it.. aha i'm sure I did.. It's a book, I think the book has plenty to say about it.
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By Leora Margelovich on October 2, 2013
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Necessary for my critical thinking class. It is insightful and really teaches you how to think on a deeper level.
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By Karen S. Salina on June 28, 2013
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I bought the book to help me learn how to ask good questions to generate conversation in my ESL class. I like Browne's presentation; it's very logical and systematic w/ good examples. Now if I can just remember all that good advice!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sue on September 14, 2011
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This is a very simply written guide to critical thinking which gives you the basic tools to begin breaking down concepts, or simply thinking about thinking. I am enjoying the read and look forward to future editions.
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