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Critical Thinking Unleashed (Elements of Philosophy) Paperback – September 16, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0742564329 ISBN-10: 0742564320

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Product Details

  • Series: Elements of Philosophy
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0742564320
  • ISBN-13: 978-0742564329
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 1 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #722,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In Critical Thinking Unleashed, Elliot D. Cohen takes the reader through the various parameters of reasoning. It is complex, yet fascinating stuff. But what I found most important perhaps was how so much of what he wrestles with, from deconstructing the news stories behind Iraqi WMD to 'spin' in political campaign ads, cuts to the heart of the challenge we face as citizens in today’s democracy. (Peter W. Singer, Brookings Institution, author of Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century)

In welcome contrast to the many disembodied treatments of critical thinking that have been published, this book speaks with a warm, human voice that knows what is at stake in thinking and provides a thorough tour of the logic and rhetoric that every educated person should master. The author's deep interest in the practical application of the tools of philosophy comes through clearly in this text. Fresh treatments of familiar topics provide a comprehensive view of critical thinking that is distinguished by its humanity and realism. (Greg Tropea, California State University, Chico)

About the Author

Elliot D. Cohen is professor of philosophy and chair of the Department of Humanities at Indian River State College in Florida. He is executive co-director and co-founder of the American Society for Philosophy, Counseling, and Psychotherapy; professor and chair at the Indian River College; editor-in-chief and founder of The International Journal of Applied Philosophy and The International Journal of Philosophical Practice. Author of twelve books and numerous articles, his most recent books are New Rational Therapy: Thinking Your Way to Serenity, Success, and Profound Happiness and What Would Aristotle Do? Self-Control through the Power of Reason. Other recent books include Philosophers at Work: Issues and Practice of Philosophy; The Virtuous Therapist: Ethical Practice of Counseling & Psychotherapy; and News Incorporated: Corporate Media Ownership and its Threat to Democracy.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul K on September 26, 2013
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Not only does this book cover the full range of topics covered in other critical thinking texts (formal logic, induction, scientific method, etc.), it also has separate chapters on behavioral reasoning (reasoning that leads to action) and emotional reasoning (reasoning involved in emotions). The author, who is the founder of "Logic-Based Therapy," a type of philosophical therapy, shows clearly how irrational thinking can lead to regrettable actions as well as stressful emotions; and he does so in the context of teaching real-life, practical skills for avoiding this type of bad logic. There are many exercises for these purposes included throughout its chapter sections. Along the same lines, the author's treatment of informal fallacies is unique in that it not only covers the conventional types of informal fallacies (appeal to pity, argument from ignorance, personal attack, composition, etc.), but also covers fallacies like demanding perfection, damnation, catastrophic thinking, dutiful worrying, and others that are major roadblocks to rational thinking yet are not usually covered in other treatments of critical thinking.
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This book doesn't ask us to drag through a dry tome, filled only with terminology and exercises dissecting arguments (who knows if we're doing it right). This book connects the current of thought in philosophy and logic to current events. And, if studied can provide useful tools for life. It is well organized and develops the material throughout.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brian M on August 16, 2012
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This was purchased as a required textbook for a course. The book poorly written, poorly edited, and poorly laid out. As the guide for an introductory level course, this was very unhelpful other then to generate tons of homework assignments.
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