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The Voice of Reason: Fundamentals of Critical Thinking Paperback – August 9, 2001

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ISBN-13: 978-0195141221 ISBN-10: 0195141229 Edition: 1st

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Burton Porter is at Western New England College.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (August 9, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195141229
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195141221
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.7 x 6.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Burton Porter is a writer and professor whose books embrace various genres: fiction, philosophy, children's poetry, and screenplays. He has published 10 books to date with St. Martin's, Oxford, Harcourt Brace, Macmillan, and Humanities Press. His on-line books include The Moebius Strip, Lab Rats, Forbidden Knowledge, and Black Swans and White Tigers. His latest book, What the Tortoise Taught Us, was published by Rowman and Littlefield.

Dr. Porter holds a B.A. from the University of Maryland, and a Ph.D. from St. Andrews University, Scotland, which includes graduate study at Oxford University. He has taught at the University of Maryland (Europe), The Russell Sage Colleges, Drexel University, Mount Holyoke College, and Western New England University; at the last mentioned institution, he served as Dean of Arts and Sciences. The author of numerous papers, articles, and book reviews, he received the award of Outstanding Educator of America.

Burton Porter has two children, Mark and Ana, and a stepdaughter, Sarah. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts with his wife Barbara, and indulges his interest in literature, music, and good food.

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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By W. W. Holt on February 17, 2006
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This book is straight-forward, easy to read and full of fun excercises as well as tons of quotes from notable historical personages and essays by leaders of the advertising field. I recommend this book for anyone who is interested in learning about critcal thinking or anyone who is adept at critical thinking but wishes to improve their skills. The excercises provide endless practice and food for thought.

Why isn't this required reading at High Schools??

Buy it to improve yourself and society as a whole!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 29, 2013
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I had to buy this book for a college class, so it wasn't purchased for personal reading, but it is a well written book and easy to understand.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 7, 2013
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I am using this as a text book. Its an easy read and is very interesting and informative. Everyone should take and use this informqtion it could help you become a more rational thinker.
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By Jennifer on May 26, 2015
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This was a text used for a critical thinking class (bachelors level) and the best way to explain it is that it feels like there should be a book the read before or with this book? It is informative but there are some parts that didn't make a lick of sense. It may not have helped that the instructor didn't teach/explain beyond the book but the book is not something to take on without guidance or for fun unless you are a masochist. It is thought provoking but I'm guessing there are better critical thinking texts out there.
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By stacy williams on April 30, 2014
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I thoroughly enjoyed this text, especially all of the practice "test your knowledge" half way through each chapter. Easy to read.
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By ClaudisB on November 26, 2013
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great book i really enjoyed reading it. It came in great condition and i did not rate it a 5 just because it is not new. other than that it is a great book that shipped fast.
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By Lynn on October 15, 2013
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The book came in a good condition. It's just not a book that I would normally pick up and read becasue it is a textbook. I would hope that the college next time would try a different textbook on critical thinking it is very hard to comprehend.
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By BP1961 on August 1, 2014
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This was a required read for one of my college courses, I have kept it as a great resource book for other courses.
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