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on September 26, 2013
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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on August 16, 2012
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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on November 26, 2014
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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