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How to Think Straight: An Introduction to Critical Reasoning

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Practical reasoning and clear thinking are essential for everyone if we are to make sense of the information we receive each day. Being able to quickly know the difference between valid and invalid arguments, the contradictory versus the contrary, vagueness and ambiguity, contradiction and self-contradiction, the truthful and the fallacious, separates clear thinkers from t ...more
Paperback, 164 pages
Published October 1st 1998 by Prometheus Books (first published September 1st 1998)
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This a great introduction to critical reasoning and thinking.

Get this book. Just like "What the Numbers Say", this is a stellar teaching tool.

I was shocked when I saw the reviews on Amazon, people complained about Flew's prose. My goodness, people, learn how to read! Flew was trying to cover a lot of ground in a short amount of book. His sentences are not simple, they reveal the complexity of the topic and ideas, but they are readable and if you can't follow them the first time, re-read them! He
Prooost Davis
This is, as the subtitle indicates, an introduction to critical reasoning. It's slightly technical, but the writing is clear and engaging, with lots of real-life examples of how we can avoid being bamboozled, by ourselves as well as by others.
How to Think Straight
Dry, scholarly written book from British author. Book is formatted like the Aristotle’s Politics, and written in a similar style. Book covers common logical errors, writing in a more technical manner and references the original Latin for the errors. Most of them became familiar with logical errors I already knew, such as the a before b, thus a caused B error, errors of assumption and errors of shifting positions. Biggest benefit of the book would be the first couple of chapt
Antony Flew is a philosopher and this book, while not the easiest read ever, presents situations and issues that require critical thinking skills (which appear to be sorely lacking in the world today). He shows how to spot logical fallacies as well as how to critically examine the evidence for and against a proposition. It probably helps to have some background or understanding of philosophy or logic before reading this book.
I am going to have to reread this one at some point. A handbook of terms, like The Philosopher's Toolkit, is helpful.
Maughn Gregory
The unfaltering far-right-wing (racist, capitalist) examples Flew uses to illustrate his logical rules and principles no doubt prefigure his near death-bed conversion to theism but, more dishearteningly, make it seem that there is some relationship between scrupulously careful thinking and reactionary thought. (Which there's not.)
Terribly written. Reading each sentence was a chore. If the purpose of writing this book was to convey ideas, then, as the hopeful recipient of those ideas I beleive he has failed. If the author's intent was to sound "smart", then congrats, buddy, you did it.
Very good, but the style is a little too terse and epigrammatic, and the discussions sometimes more abstruse than in other general reading on the subject. Use your highlighter here.
Xavier Taylor
Great book. Finished ages ago, so cannot give detailed review. It is what it says it is.
Read JAN 2003
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Antony Garrard Newton Flew
Antony Garrard Newton Flew (11 February 1923 – 8 April 2010) was a British philosopher. Belonging to the analytic and evidentialist schools of thought, he was notable for his works on the philosophy of religion.

Flew was a strong advocate of atheism, arguing that one should presuppose atheism until empirical evidence of a God surfaces. He also criticised the idea of life a
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