- Tapa blanda: 124 páginas
- Editor: Wadsworth Publishing Co Inc; Edición: 2nd ed. (7 de febrero de 2002)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0534561020
- ISBN-13: 978-0534561024
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The Pocket Guide to Critical Thinking (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 7 feb 2002
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This handy book is a summary and guide to the art of reasoning well in academic pursuits and in everyday life. The Second Edition of Epstein's comprehensive text, CRITICAL THINKING, set a new standard of pedagogical excellence and provided a well-integrated approach to the subject. This brief pocket guide provides the same benefits in a trimmed-down fashion, covering the essentials. This latest edition includes revised examples that are more inter-disciplinary in scope.
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Unfortunately, Dr. Epstein couldn't resist including slanted political statements without logical support in some of his examples. As such, he undercuts the need for well supported argument and the consideration of opposing premises and shows a profound lack of application of the very critical thinking skills he wishes to teach. For example, he claims on page 40 the arguments in support of allowing firearms to be carried in restaurants are invalid under the "reducing to the absurd" principle. His example argument is that allowing individuals to carry a firearm in a restaurant is the same as allowing them to carry firearms in court, in political offices, in high schools, etc. This argument is premised on the concept that restaurants are identical (or at least substantially similar) to each of those other locations, whereas key differences exist. In court, there is generally armed security present and the primary reason one would carry a firearm (self defense) is thus less relevant. In high schools, the majority present are too young to have the right to carry a firearm at all. In this and many other examples, Dr. Epstein conveniently ignores facts that don't agree with a particular worldview and, in doing so, does a poor job of explaining some concepts in the book.
This is not, and should not be, a political book at all. If Dr. Epstein were to remove the ideologically motivated passages and replace them with the generic examples used elsewhere, this book would be a reasonably good text on critical thinking. As is, I cannot recommend it.