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Thinking from A to Z Paperback – 27 Jun 2007
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About the Author
Nigel Warburtonis 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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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
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.Read more ›
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.
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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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this is a course book and i'll use the site in fute to buy any materials needed for study i shall also recommend the sitePublished on 6 Mar. 2013 by Mr A J Bird
Somehow I expected more from this book, but even though it helped me some I do think that it is more commercial than it is scientific.Published on 5 Mar. 2012 by zuhair
very good thank you it did take a little long to get here but i am finding it very useful now its herePublished on 28 Nov. 2011 by aggie
If like me you want to learn critical thinking seperately from philosophy, this is a very good book to buy...have no doubt about that. Read morePublished on 27 July 2011 by anon456789
This is a really well written and clear. However, I bought it because its given as a set book for the Open university A211 course and its just not necessary - I have barely used it... Read morePublished on 29 Sept. 2010 by Armand
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