Beyond Feelings: A Guide to Critical Thinkingby Published 01 Apr 2007
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This succinct, interdisciplinary introduction to critical thinking successfully dares students to question their own assumptions and to enlarge their thinking through the analysis of the most common problems associated with everyday reasoning. The text offers a unique and effective organization: Part I explains the fundamental concepts; Part II describes the most common barriers to critical thinking; Part III offers strategies for overcoming those barriers.
"Beyond Feelings: A Guide to Critical Thinking" Reviews
One of the best books (textbooks) on critical thinking I've read. A book for beginners, Ruggiero sets out to lay down the fundamentals of informal logic. The readability of this book is what I think sets it apart. It would easily allow it to be digested by those new to the studies of logic and critical thinking. He presents things in a conversational tone, while giving examples in application.
Highly recommended for those new to critical thinking or those experienced minds looking to clear off some of the barnacles that tend to form over time. Especially if you don't use or practice!
In my opinion, the problem of these books is that being critical towards one's own belief/ideology/philosophy is really very hard. Even in given examples, one can easily notice the presumptions of the author. In most cases, such books turn into patronizing texts preaching their own subjective way of thinking -in disguise of objective or critical or logical or scientific thinking (I'm not saying that these latter cannot be possible. I'm only pointing its difficulty). In addition, such introductory texts can really be annoying as they avoid or cannot handle more tangling issues (e.g. relativism, ethical preferences...)
It may be for basic introduction, but you should not expect more.
It's a good book not only for a guide to critical thinking, I found the last chapter is also very useful which is talking about how to persuade others.
I recommand this book not only because it is helpful for any one to form his own opinion or keep critical thinking, but also that in our country, our education system lack these books or effective discussion seriously.
This a text book to teach the fundamentals, context, errors and strategies of critical thinking. It is very methodical, but that is exactly what is needed to expose how the human mind needs methodical strategies to analyze and understand situations, and not be influenced by errors in logic, perceptions or arguments. I wish this book is taught in high schools or at junior college level in all disciplines. It will require very competent coaches to help discuss the subtle issues. It is easy reading, if you have some familiarity with the subject. Given that it suggests well thought out and controversial subject matter for the exercises, it could be a great book for two friends to read and go at the exercises to see how well they understood the critical thinking concepts, errors and strategies. It is a must read.
A good book taking one on a detailed tour of critical thinking: the role of personal biases, opinions, various kinds of evidence, logical errors, and even how to do scholarly research. An introduction, yes, but society needs to improve its critical thinking skills. I would like to see this subject taught in schools.