Book: How to Think Clearly - A Guide to Critical Thinking by Doug Erlandsoncategories: Book, Philosophy, Logic, Reasoning, Arguments, Probability, Critical Thinking
Doug Erlandsonabout this book: Bad reasoning is far more prevalent than any of us realizes, it comes in many varieties, and even well-respected commentators are prone to it.
This book is about reasoning––both good and bad––and how to spot and avoid bad reasoning in particular. In addition to looking at the difference between good and bad arguments, How to Think Clearly: A Guide to Critical Thinking discusses explanations, probability, and how numbers can be used and misused.
Having taught logic and critical thinking courses for nearly two decades and being aware of the bad reasoning that occurs in newspaper editorials and opinion pieces, on television and radio talk shows, and in day-to-day life, I decided to write an easy-to-understand, accessible book on how to learn to discern the difference between good and bad reasoning.
Anyone who is interested in learning how to think and reason both clearly and persuasively, and anyone who wants to learn how to critically assess what others are saying will benefit from this book. It is ideal for students taking a college-level critical thinking course. It can be used as a supplement to the course text or as the primary text in such a course.
I was careful to use real-life examples rather than the contrived examples that are often found in books on critical thinking. This wasn't too hard, seeing that all one has to do is watch the nightly politically-oriented shows on television and one comes up with all sorts of examples of the sort of reasoning one needs to avoid.
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