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Critical thinking : the basics / Stuart Hanscomb
Publication year: 2017
Media class: Paperback
Resource type: Physical
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Introduction: waking up to bad arguments -- 1. Rationality, cognitive biases and emotions -- 2. Critical thinking and dispositions -- 3. Arguments and argument reconstruction -- 4. Argument forms and fallacies -- 5. Arguments and social power: authority, threats and other features of message source -- 6. Causal arguments, generalisations, arguments from consequences and slippery slope arguments -- 7. Arguments from analogy -- 8. Further fallacies -- Conclusion.
Critical Thinking: The Basics is an accessible and engaging introduction to the field of critical thinking, drawing on philosophy, communication and psychology. Emphasising its relevance to decision-making (in personal, professional and civic life), academic literacy and personal development, this book supports the reader in understanding and developing the knowledge and skills needed to avoid poor reasoning, to reconstruct and evaluate arguments, and to engage constructively in dialogues. Topics covered include: the relationship between critical thinking, emotions and the psychology of persuasion; the role of character dispositions such as open-mindedness, courage and perseverance; argument identification and reconstruction; fallacies and argument evaluation. With discussion questions and exercises and suggestions for further reading at the end of the main chapters, this book is an essential read for students approaching the field of critical thinking for the first time."
Pages 252 pages
London, New York : Routledge, 2017
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