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Critical Thinking: A Concise Guide (3rd Edition) by Gary Kemp, Tracy Bowell

By Gary Kemp, Tracy Bowell

Severe considering: A Concise advisor is a much-needed consultant to argument research and a transparent creation to pondering essentially and rationally for oneself. via targeted and available dialogue this e-book equips scholars with the fundamental abilities required to inform an excellent argument from a nasty one.

Key beneficial properties of the publication are:

clear, jargon-free dialogue of key options in argumentation
how to prevent universal confusions surrounding phrases akin to ‘truth’, ‘knowledge’ and ‘opinion’
how to spot and review the most typical varieties of argument
how to identify fallacies in arguments and inform sturdy reasoning from bad
chapter summaries, glossaries and priceless exercises.

This 3rd variation has been revised and up-to-date all through, with new routines, and up to date topical examples, together with: ‘real-world’ arguments; sensible reasoning; realizing quantitative information, information, and the rhetoric used approximately them; clinical reasoning; and extended dialogue of conditionals, ambiguity, vagueness, slippery slope arguments, and arguments through analogy.

The Routledge serious pondering better half site, contains a wealth of extra assets, together with examples and case reports, pattern questions, perform questions and solutions, and scholar activities.

Critical considering: A Concise advisor is vital examining for somebody, scholar or expert, at paintings or within the lecture room, trying to increase their reasoning and arguing skills.


Reviews of past editions:

'This concise advisor bargains correct, rigorous and approachable methods…The authors concentrate on analysing and assessing arguments in a thoughtfully dependent sequence of chapters, with transparent definitions, a word list, lots of examples and a few important exercises.'

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‘In my view this booklet is the main invaluable textbook out there for its said viewers. It offers highly transparent reasons, with adequate technical element, yet with out over-complication. it's my first-choice textual content for instructing serious pondering to first-year undergraduate students.’

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It is important to be aware of the possibility of irony. In order to ridicule a position they are opposed to, speakers and writers sometimes sarcastically pretend to espouse that position; but it isn’t always obvious that they are doing so. Implicitly relative sentences Consider the following examples: • • • • • She earns an above average salary. It is the best of its kind. Great Uncle Eddie is a fast runner. Taxes are high. The rent on our flat is low. Sentences such as these represent another potential problem for the critical thinker striving to work out exactly what a speaker or writer intends to convey by their words.

Thus the extension of the word ‘student’ is the set of all students. An ambiguous word or phrase, then, has two or more separate and different extensions – it picks out two or more different sets of things. Ambiguous words and phrases can bring their ambiguity into sentences, making those sentences capable of having more than one possible interpretation. The word ‘match’ is one such word. The sentence ‘He is looking for a match’ could be intended to mean any of the following propositions: • He is looking for a small stick of wood with an inflammable tip.

Doing one critical thinking course will not automatically make you think any better. Morality is culturally relative, so female circumcision is okay and we should not criticise it. I’m late because there was an unexpected traffic jam that I couldn’t avoid. I’m in a traffic jam, so I’m probably going to be late. He’s been on crutches since he was injured in the accident. The biscuit tin is empty because the children ate all the biscuits. If the children ate all the biscuits, the biscuit tin will be empty.

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