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Critical Thinking: The Art of Argument (Available Titles Aplia) 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0495501573
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"It is a wonderfully written text that combines advantages of two standard approaches--it is both accessible and rigorous."- Nenad Popovic, Southern Methodist University

"A solid treatment of the relevant topics, well designed to develop the reader's reasoning skills. Students will find it both engaging and challenging."- Steve Hiltz, Southern Methodist University

"The book is a rigorous and comprehensive introduction to critical thinking and elementary logic, with helpful chapters on statistical, analogical, causal and moral argument. Its breadth is impressive. It's the most comprehensive critical thinking text I know of."- Hugh Wilder, The College of Charleston

"This is a text that is both student friendly and teacher friendly; for teachers it provides reference materials with appropriate depth and breadth, and for students it provides an unpretentious approach to a subject that is often perceived as complex and addresses student concern that critical thinking is a 'pointless' subject."- Michelle Darnell, Fayetteville State University

About the Author

Dr. George W. Rainbolt is Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at Georgia State University. He is the co-author of ETHICS (Harper-Collins 1994) and the author of THE CONCEPT OF RIGHTS (Springer 2006) as well as numerous articles. He chairs the Georgia State University Senate Committee on Admissions and Standards, has served on Georgia State University's General Education Assessment Committee, was a member of the Georgia State's SACS Accreditation Leadership Team, and is a member of Georgia State's Critical Thinking through Writing Leadership Team.

Dr. Sandra L. Dwyer is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at Georgia State University. As Coordinator for Graduate Teaching, she mentors twenty to thirty graduate students each year, overseeing their initial experience of teaching philosophy, including Critical Thinking sections. Over the past twenty years, she has taught numerous courses including more than 100 sections of critical thinking. She is the author of THINKING ETHICALLY IN BUSINESS (Humanities-Ebooks, 2008).

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Product Details

  • Series: Available Titles Aplia
  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing; 1 edition (January 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0495501573
  • ISBN-13: 978-0495501572
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #775,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Philo on August 29, 2013
Format: Paperback
I am a philosophy professor and have taught a critical thinking course with this book. I've also used an accompanying electronic course program called Aplia by Cengage in which students can do their homework online. This book and aplia package is a nightmare and utter disaster. Over half my students had problems accessing aplia. My email was constantly flooded day in and day out with students telling me that something or the other wasn't working for them on aplia. I've spent many hours at night trying to address these problems. There are no page numbers on the e-book, so you can't reference the e-book with the physical text. The e-book has section numbers, but the section numbers aren't in the physical book. Homework comes in sets that cover a large section of the book. Teachers cannot themselves break up the set of questions as being due on different days. The large set of questions must be due only on the same day no matter even if you haven't taught the corresponding material yet. The directions for linking aplia to blackboard are completely unclear. I had to call their tech service, and the instructions they gave me were different from the ones on their power point directions. What they call their "instructions" to students for registering for aplia were not real substantive instructions at all. They simply tell students to ask your teacher. This is highly problematic for teachers who are new to aplia and aren't familiar with student registration. Students who buy the e-book package on the Cengage webpage won't be allowed into aplia for some strange reason. If students register for aplia on Cengage's website, then they can't access aplia.

The above is all rather bizarre, horrific, and almost at the same time comical problems with this book and aplia package.
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By Susan on January 27, 2013
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i was required to order this book for my philosophy 1010 class. the majority of the book is incredibly unhelpful with the exception of the "how to" summaries at the end of the chapter/sections. the book is okay at explaining concepts but for the most part there is just a lot of examples that are confusing.
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By Matthew Walcott on October 7, 2013
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Good book for explaining a little more in depth when the teacher skims over the material. Came in new packaging like the company stated also.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hannah on July 19, 2013
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This book is very wordy with few diagrams of any sort, which would prove very helpful for such a dry subject. The examples are also uninteresting and examples are often in poor taste and unpleasant to read; one such passage lengthily details food poisoning and vomiting. I found it to generally lack creativity and engagement.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Henderson on March 4, 2015
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This book does a poor job of defining it's terms and is just confusing from feont to back. There are a million ways this could have, and should have, been written better. Don't unless you have to. Even then, try a different teacher who requires something else.
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