Critical Thinking and Informal Logic

Author: Crews-Anderson, Timothy A


ISBN 978-1-84760-046-2 PDF file size 840 kb 97 pages One printing enabled; copying disabled
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This study guide will familiarize the reader with the basics of critical thinking and informal logic — deductive and inductive arguments, form and content, fallacies, and complex arguments.


Following a brief introduction, Chapter 1 outlines the basic concepts and principles of informal logic. Chapters 2 and 3 focus on deductive and inductive reasoning (analogical and statistical) and include a discussion of validity, soundness and cogency. Chapter 4 presents rhetorical devices and informal fallacies. Chapter 5 discusses strategies and tactics for the evaluation of complex argumentation. Chapter 6 provides an overview that includes a guide to good critical thinking habits, a discussion of the composition and development of argumentative essays, and an introduction to information literacy. Appendices include a synopsis of categorical logic and resources for additional study. The book includes diagrams and external hyperlinks.

About the author

Tim Crews-Anderson, took his BA at the Florida State University and his MA at Georgia State University, where he also taught as a Visiting Instructor. He is currently pursuing his PhD at the University of Illinois at Chicago. 


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In a succinct and precise manner, Crews-Anderson's Critical Thinking faithfully renders topics traditionally found in informal logic- deductive and inductive arguments, form and content, fallacies, complex arguments, and others. What is not traditional is Crews-Anderson's innovative approach- by treating thought as a kind of action, and by explaining argument evaluation as a combination of analysis and interpretation, it is made exceptionally clear to introductory level students how and why they need to apply critical thinking to their everyday lives. (Dr. Sandra Dwyer, Georgia State University)

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