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The Pocket Guide to Critical Thinking 4th Edition Paperback – March 1, 2011

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  • Paperback: 162 pages
  • Publisher: Advanced Reasoning Forum; 4 edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981550770
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981550770
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #207,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John Egan on September 27, 2012
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This book does a poor job at teaching and dissecting critical thinking. "Critical thinking is reasoning well," the author defines in the Preface; it is so much more. This book is filled with anecdotes and quick one liners to show what is critical thinking and it completely ignores context, such as who the speaker might be, who the audience is, what the objectives are, and how human emotions play a part.

I'm not going to completely dissect how this book is not worth your time...simply because I don't have the time. Many of its lessons are overly obvious one liners. If you have to read it, skim quickly. Other than that, this book is a waste of time and your $$.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 9, 2012
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I work in a field that relies heavily on logical analysis and was very interested to read Dr. Epstein's book when it was assigned for a graduate course I am taking. Dr. Epstein's technique is to offer a short summary of a concept used in critical thinking then to offer a list of examples to attempt to clarify that concept to the reader. His approach is excellent as are some of the examples.

Unfortunately, Dr. Epstein couldn't resist including slanted political statements without logical support in some of his examples. As such, he undercuts the need for well supported argument and the consideration of opposing premises and shows a profound lack of application of the very critical thinking skills he wishes to teach. For example, he claims on page 40 the arguments in support of allowing firearms to be carried in restaurants are invalid under the "reducing to the absurd" principle. His example argument is that allowing individuals to carry a firearm in a restaurant is the same as allowing them to carry firearms in court, in political offices, in high schools, etc. This argument is premised on the concept that restaurants are identical (or at least substantially similar) to each of those other locations, whereas key differences exist. In court, there is generally armed security present and the primary reason one would carry a firearm (self defense) is thus less relevant. In high schools, the majority present are too young to have the right to carry a firearm at all. In this and many other examples, Dr. Epstein conveniently ignores facts that don't agree with a particular worldview and, in doing so, does a poor job of explaining some concepts in the book.

This is not, and should not be, a political book at all. If Dr. Epstein were to remove the ideologically motivated passages and replace them with the generic examples used elsewhere, this book would be a reasonably good text on critical thinking. As is, I cannot recommend it.
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By JSW_SB on September 4, 2014
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Fairly obvious if you are a linear thinker.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By karen on August 6, 2014
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came good and nothing bad i like it!
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0 of 9 people found the following review helpful By GW on April 17, 2012
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The Pocket Guide to Critical Thinking and another book titled: A Rule Book for Arguments were required for a college class and in that respect, they are useful. The great part is the customer service at Amazon. My first order was undeliverable by the post office and was on its way back to Amazon. After a couple of conversations with an Amazon representative they were able to overnight a new order at no extra charge. I received the books the next day. Great job! I will continue to buy from Amazon, in fact I just ordered a new laptop so I will be reviewing that sometime soon.
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