For anyone tackling philosophical logic and critical thinking for the first time, Critical Thinking: An Introduction to Reasoning Well written by Jamie Carlin Watson & Robert Arp will support.
It provides a practical guide to the skills required to think critically. Starting from the roots of good reasoning to the difference between claims, evidence and arguments, the writers has covered the topics found in an introductory course.
Now revised and fully updated, this Second Edition features a glossary, chapter summaries, more student-friendly exercises, study questions, diagrams, and suggestions for further reading.
Topics included in this title are:
the structure, formation, analysis and recognition of arguments
deductive validity and soundness
inductive strength and cogency
inference to the best explanation
tools for argument assessment
informal and formal fallacies
Drawing from real life examples the book has advices on graduate school entrance exams and an expanded companion website packed with additional exercises, an answer key and help with real life examples.
Ideal for students in basic reasoning courses and students preparing for graduate school.