Critical Thinking: A Concise Guide

Critical Thinking: A Concise Guide

by Gary Kemp (Author), Gary Kemp (Author), Gary Kemp (Author), Tracey Bowell (Author), Gary Kemp (Author)


Attempts to persuade us - to believe something, to do something, to buy something - are everywhere. What is less clear is how to think critically about such attempts and how to distinguish those that are sound arguments. "Critical Thinking: A Concise Guide" is a much needed guide to argument analysis and a clear introduction to thinking clearly and rationally for oneself. Accessibly written, this book equips students with the essential skills required to tell a good argument from a bad one. Key features of the book include: - clear, jargon-free discussion of key concepts in argumentation - how to avoid common confusions surrounding words such as 'truth', 'knowledge' and 'opinion' - how to identify and evaluate the most common types of argument - how to spot fallacies and tell good reasoning from bad - chapter summaries, exercises, examples and a glossary. The second edition has been updated to include topical new examples from politics, sport, medicine and music, as well as new exercises throughout.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 336
Edition: 2
Publisher: Routledge
Published: 22 Apr 2005

ISBN 10: 0415343135
ISBN 13: 9780415343138

Media Reviews
'This concise guide offers relevant, rigorous and approachable methods... thoughtfully structured series of chapters, with clear definitions... this book [is] a valuable resource for developing a useful understanding of methods of persuasion.' - Times Educational Supplement
Author Bio
Tracy Bowell is lecturer in philosophy at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. Gary Kemp is lecturer in philosophy at Glasgow University.