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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 3 edition (27 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415433711
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415433716
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 1 x 17.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 164,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nigel Warburton is Senior Lecturer at The Open University and a bestselling author. His other books include Philosophy: The Basics, fourth edition, Philosophy: The Classics, third edition, Philosophy: The Essential Study Guide, The Art Question and Freedom, all published by Routledge.


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By A Customer on 14 Aug. 2002
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If you're looking for something in the same style as Warburton's Philosophy: The Basics (which is highly recommended) you may be a bit disappointed in this book. The style is very much more like a dictionary of thinking. Each entry describes a kind of argument or thought pattern and is cross referenced to others. This makes it a bit difficult to read in a lineary fashion but does aid in it's use as a reference tool. 5 stars for content, 3 stars for format.
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Being able to spot poor reasoning and diversionary tactics such as fallacies, gobbledegook, jargon, pseudo-profundity and smokescreens will put more clout behind your arguments and sharpen your thinking. As an introduction to critical thinking, this delightfully concise little book provides some of the basic tools for clear thinking on any issue. The techniques and topics discussed are transferable and can be applied to any area in which clear thought is required: they have direct applications in most academic disciplines and in any facet of life in which people present reasons and evidence in support of conclusions.
Now in its second edition, this book is a set text for the Open University A211 Philosophy and the Human Situation course. It will give you the power to tell a good from a bad argument. Using witty and topical examples, author Nigel Warburton will enable you to distinguish with confidence between a red herring and a straw man. This new edition updates the whole text and includes many new entries, all listed in alphabetical order. However, the next edition should include the following suggested entries: * ergo et sum * I think, therefore I am * Rene Descartes * logic * Betrand Russell * Lateral thinking * Six Thinking Hats * tautology
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This book may bill itself as an "Introduction to Critical Thinking." But if that is the case, then by applying this book's own definition of 'Reductio ad Absurdum,' an ordinary dictionary must also be an "Introduction to Writing Novels."

I must admit of course that the ONLY reason why I purchased this book was that it's a required text in my upcoming degree. And when I'm arguing philosophical points in my essays, it will be vital for me to understand and to use the appropriate terminology. But having been 'thinking critically' since I was 17-years-old, forming what I believe are valid and well-reasoned conclusions in a variety of fields, I can say for certain that this book is simply a reference text, nothing more.

By definition, having listed all of the various types of argument, explained them in reference to one another and given several useful examples, ANY book that claims to be an "Introduction to Critical Thinking" must then pose philosophical questions for the reader to consider. Something along the lines of:

"Boxing is a Dangerous Sport Which Should be Banned. Discuss."

The author would then list all of the arguments in favour and opposed to this statement, requiring the reader to try and spot the flawed, biased and emotive arguments, weigh the valid arguments against one another and come to a logical conclusion.

After that, the author would spend the next few pages dissecting all of the arguments with the reader, checking to see if they did indeed define them correctly and give them appropriate weight.
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By A Customer on 14 Sept. 2000
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This book should be compulsory preparation for anyone who has to read the output of politicians, consultants, journalists, pundits or experts in any field.
I have not come across a more accessible guide the the rhetoric, sloppy thinking, and pure sophistry that is evident in much factual analysis and opinion today.
Buy at once!
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Excellent brain food! You get all those little insights that make a difference. An extremely readable accessory to pick up beside the bed to give the grey cells something to work on before you snuggle down to sleep. Buy it, it's well worth the money and can slip in the pocket too when you're on campus.
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This is a very good book. I am an International Relations (IR) student and was looking for a book that would aid my argumentation skills. This does far more than I intended it for; in actual fact, it has actually opened up a new interest for me that I thought I'd never be interested in, and that is the manipulation of words and argumentation itself.

Each term is explicated in a very legible manner and each term contains an example of how the argument is implimented. This is vital since it would be virtually impossible to realistically retain the meaning of the term, in addition to how the term must be used/interpreted within a given context.

Within each term, it gives the name of other terms which bears resemblance with other terms in the book. This is good because you can fully master the area of argument/manipulation you wish to in the sense that you grasp the term in question and surrounding terms to which it is related.

In essence, this book is an extremely good introduction. For a real in-depth guide to logic/argumentation, I recommend Harry Gensler's "introduction to Logic"; this book also has a detailed section on Fallacies.

Have a good day.
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