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  1. A Rulebook for Arguments (Fifth Edition)

    Anthony Weston

    A Rulebook for Arguments (Fifth Edition)

    Forthcoming - February 2018

    "This is the ultimate 'how-to' book for anyone who wants to use reasons and evidence in support of conclusions, to be clear instead of confusing, persuasive instead of dogmatic, and better at evaluating the arguments of others."
    —Debra Nails, Michigan State University

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    Anthony Weston

    A Rulebook for Arguments (Fourth Edition)

    A new edition of A Rulebook for Arguments will be released in February 2018, click here for more information on the forthcoming 5th edition.

    "An elegant, concise, and consistently useful little book that every student needs."
    —Rachel Hadas, Rutgers University

  3. A Rulebook for Decision Making

    George Pullman

    A Rulebook for Decision Making

    "Pullman offers his readers essential insights into how humans reason and make decisions. Both concise and far-reaching, his work teaches us how to challenge intuitive logic and examine the processes for deliberative reasoning. This text will prove foundational for students in their intellectual journey toward the development of real skills in critical thinking. By pointing to simple yet profound examples, Pullman's text is both readable and provocative as it challenges us to consider the very mechanisms by which we understand our own cognitive biases."
         —Bradley A. Hammer, Department of English and Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

  4. A Workbook for Arguments: A Complete Course in Critical Thinking (Second Edition)

    David R. Morrow & Anthony Weston

    A Workbook for Arguments: A Complete Course in Critical Thinking (Second Edition)

    A Workbook for Arguments builds on Anthony Weston's A Rulebook for Arguments to provide a complete textbook for a course in critical thinking or informal logic. The second edition adds: updated and improved homework exercises—nearly one third are new—to ensure that the examples continue to resonate with students, increased coverage of scientific reasoning, demonstrating how scientific reasoning dovetails with critical thinking more generally, and two new activities in which students analyze arguments in their original form, as provided in brief selections from the original texts. Companion website for Workbook for Arguments.

  5. Asking Good Questions

    Nancy A. Stanlick and Michael J. Strawser

    Asking Good Questions

    Asking Good Questions moves beyond a traditional discussion of ethical theory, focusing on how educators can use these important frameworks to facilitate critical thinking about real-life ethical dilemmas. In this way, authors Nancy Stanlick and Michael Strawser offer students a theoretical tool kit for creatively addressing issues that influence their own environments. This text begins with a discussion of key ethical theorists and then guides the reader through a series of original case studies and follow-up activities that facilitate critical thinking, emphasize asking thought provoking questions, and teach the student to address the complexity of ethical dilemmas while incorporating the viewpoints of their peers. Click here to download the Asking Good Questions instructor's guide.

  6. Giving Reasons

    David R. Morrow

    Giving Reasons

    "David Morrow’s Giving Reasons is concise, lively, and accessible. Covering the essentials of critical thinking in clear, non-technical language, the book will be a welcome addition to introductory college courses as well as high school classes in any discipline. Giving Reasons is an excellent tool for teaching critical thinking across the curriculum." —Stephen Beck, The Evergreen State College

    Visit the Giving Reasons title support webpage for supplemental online resources, including practice exercises, additional writing by David R. Morrow, and downloadable appendices (PDFs).

     

  7. Persuasion: History, Theory, Practice

    George Pullman

    Persuasion: History, Theory, Practice

    George Pullman's lively and accessible introduction to the study of persuasion is an ideal text for use in courses where the understanding and practice of argumentation, rhetoric, and critical thinking are central.

  8. Reason in the Balance (Second Edition)

    Sharon Bailin and Mark Battersby

    Reason in the Balance (Second Edition)

    Unlike most texts in critical thinking, Reason in the Balance focuses broadly on the practice of critical inquiry, the process of carefully examining an issue in order to come to a reasoned judgment. Although analysis and critique of individual arguments have an important role to play, this text goes beyond that dimension to emphasize the various aspects that go into the practice of inquiry, including identifying issues and relevant contexts, understanding competing cases, and making a comparative judgment. Click here to view a PDF of the complete Table of Contents.

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