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Critical Thinking: A Concise Guide [Kindle Edition]

Gary Kemp , Tracy Bowell
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  • Print ISBN-10: 0415471826
  • Print ISBN-13: 978-0415471824
  • Edition: 3
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Book Description

Critical Thinking: A Concise Guide is a much-needed guide to argument analysis and a clear introduction to thinking clearly and rationally for oneself. Through precise and accessible discussion this book equips students with the essential skills required to tell a good argument from a bad one.

Key features of the book are:

  • 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 in arguments and tell good reasoning from bad

  • chapter summaries, glossaries and useful exercises.

This third edition has been revised and updated throughout, with new exercises, and up-to-date topical examples, including: ‘real-world’ arguments; practical reasoning; understanding quantitative data, statistics, and the rhetoric used about them; scientific reasoning; and expanded discussion of conditionals, ambiguity, vagueness, slippery slope arguments, and arguments by analogy.

The Routledge Critical Thinking companion website, features a wealth of further resources, including examples and case studies, sample questions, practice questions and answers, and student activities.

Critical Thinking: A Concise Guide is essential reading for anyone, student or professional, at work or in the classroom, seeking to improve their reasoning and arguing skills.

Editorial Reviews


Reviews of earlier editions:

'This concise guide offers relevant, rigorous and approachable methods…The authors focus on analysing and assessing arguments in a thoughtfully structured series of chapters, with clear definitions, a glossary, plenty of examples and some useful exercises.'

Will Ord, Times Educational Supplement

‘In my view this book is the most useful textbook on the market for its stated audience. It provides exceptionally clear explanations, with sufficient technical detail, but without over-complication. It is my first-choice text for teaching critical thinking to first-year undergraduate students.’

Dawn Phillips, University of Southampton

‘…written with actual undergraduates, and the standard mistakes and confusions that they tend to be subject to, clearly borne in mind…’

Helen Beebee, University of Manchester

'This is the best single text I have seen for addressing the level, presumptions, and interests of the non-specialist.'

Charles Ess, Drury University

About the Author

Tracy Bowell is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Waikato, New Zealand.  Gary Kemp is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Glasgow, UK.

Product Details

  • File Size: 655 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Routledge; 3 edition (September 11, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars He needs to keep his political views out of the text! January 3, 2014
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I tried to stay focused on what he was attempting to get across but his constant rhetoric about Obama and other liberal agenda was VERY distracting. I don't share his political beliefs and feel that if the book isn't on politics, he needs to keep the references out. If I didn't have to read this for a class I would throw it out!
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3.0 out of 5 stars very informative, but oh god is it dull to read December 9, 2013
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I learned a lot and it. Helped a ton with my class, but god this book is boring. Forcing myself to read it was awful. Oh well, it is a textbook and I got a B in the class so it did its job!
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1.0 out of 5 stars A venture in Publish or Perish July 2, 2011
Too many university text books have been authored by a person who has not been able to publish real scholarship, such as a book length treatment of a philosophical question. I read through this book and tried to imagine how the authors might be, because the book is very, very dull and exceptionally long winded. Then out of curiosity I googled the authors. One of them made me stop questioning the invention of the Niqab. I found very little scholarship attributed to that person, which made me suspect that I had not read the words of a real authority---even if it's just about basic, simple logic. The information contained in this book could have been reduced to about three pages. The rest is just academic silicone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Book the Illuminati Does Not Want You To Read September 2, 2009
There is a certain ironic reason for why I term this book 'the book the Illuminati does not want you to read'.
This is a truly wonderful piece of work - and it is aiding me extremely much in my spiritual development and not just in that area but most importantly my social life and what is going on in the material world around me. People like the authors of this book are blessed with the power to affect change on a global scale.
I wish I could call this book a miracle - but I think that'd be an overstatement. This book does not only belong to every modern day philosopher's shelf but also to every shelf of a practicing magician who wishes to embrace the concept of the sinister. For it is there where we find the true state of our being and where each one of us must go in the end to reach further.
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