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1851686541
Author:
Sharon M. Kaye
Category:
Philosophy
Language:
English
Publisher:
Oneworld Publications (April 1, 2009)
Pages:
184 pages
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Medieval Philosophy: A Beginner's Guide (Beginner's Guides). One nice aspect is that Kaye has selected articles from various newspapers and magazines for students to critique as exercises. She explains how to set up a good argument, how to lay out all the premises of someone else's argument, and how to find weaknesses, critiquing a paper by Steven Pinker as the concluding example. An argument cannot be sound if it is not valid. While soundness is subjective, validity requires a conclusion that logically follows from the arguments' premises.

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Critical Thinking: A Beginner’s Guide teaches you how to analyze people’s arguments and explains the main "fallacies" that are used to deceive and confuse. Critical Thinking - Sharon M. Kaye. Read on the Scribd mobile app. Download the free Scribd mobile app to read anytime, anywhere. Publisher: Oneworld : Dec 1, 2012ISBN: 9781780741475Format: book.

Sharon M. Kaye is a professor of Philosophy at John Carroll University. She's written several introductions to philosophy and logic with students in mind. She writes in the intro that she was converted to Philosophy as a major while attending a Critical Thinking lecture in which she was confronted with the notion that "not everything can be true," which offended her post-modern senses at the time.

We are bombarded daily with vast amounts of information, much of it using faulty logic. Critical Thinking: A Beginner’s Guide teaches you how to analyze people’s arguments and explains the main "fallacies" that are used to deceive and confuse.

In this fast-paced, enlightening guide, Sharon M. Kaye takes us on a. .Sharon M. Kaye is Associate Professor of Philosophy at John Carroll University. She is the author of On Ockham and On Augustine. Kaye takes us on a whistle-stop tour of medieval philosophy, revealing the debt it owes to Aristotle and Plato, and showing how medieval thought is still inspiring philosophers and thinkers today. With helpful text boxes throughout the book detailing key figures and philosophical movements, this is an invaluable reference for students of all levels, and will prove an entertaining primer for the general reader.

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We are bombarded daily with vast amounts of information, much of it using faulty logic. From adverts to blogs, television to newspapers, knowing what to believe is a daunting task. Critical Thinking: A Beginner’s Guide teaches you how to analyze people’s arguments and explains the main "fallacies" that are used to deceive and confuse. With a wealth of real life examples, a glossary, and plenty of diagrams, this is an invaluable tool for both students wanting to improve their grades and general readers in search of clarity.
  • Skiletus
An excellent introduction to logic and deduction.
  • Ziena
Ok
  • Rageseeker
Sharon M. Kaye is a professor of Philosophy at John Carroll University. She's written several introductions to philosophy and logic with students in mind. She writes in the intro that she was converted to Philosophy as a major while attending a Critical Thinking lecture in which she was confronted with the notion that "not everything can be true," which offended her post-modern senses at the time. I found this book to be a good introduction to logic. One nice aspect is that Kaye has selected articles from various newspapers and magazines for students to critique as exercises. She explains how to set up a good argument, how to lay out all the premises of someone else's argument, and how to find weaknesses, critiquing a paper by Steven Pinker as the concluding example.

An argument cannot be sound if it is not valid. While soundness is subjective, validity requires a conclusion that logically follows from the arguments' premises. Kaye starts with Socrates' categorical syllogisms, a three-step transitive argument, modus ponens, various fallacies, etc. Avoid affirming the consequent and denying the antecedent.

It took me back to a mathematical logic and set theory course I'd had. There we dealt more with Boolean logic, I wish I'd had logic from the philosophy side as well. Interestingly, religion is one of Kaye's interests. The first example of establishing a logic argument is one from William Lane Craig on the existence of a creator. I'm reminded that he teaches courses in logic for his home church.

I give this guide 4 stars out of 5. It's a great introduction.
  • Lavivan
Critical thinking, the ability to be able to manage our way through the morass of advertising, propaganda and just written noise that we are subjected to every day is a skill that is sorely needed in this day and age. I think that is true more so than ever, as it seems so many people are becoming more and more shrill with little substance. This book is an essential read if you want to be a logical thinker.
  • Friert
...this book shows hideous incompetence with its subject matter.

Opening with incorrect paragraph structure, the very first page of the intro struck this reader with its number of dubious, unsupported, and/or fallacious claims, such as "Having opinions is how we define ourselves." Bzzzzt - Wrong! Even the specific opinions we hold are only used by some people some of the time to define some things ABOUT ourselves, typically with regard to some context.

The immediately following claims hint at what appears an arbitrarily drawn distinction between "differing" and "contradicting" opinions, but the distinction is never explained.

Apparent conflation of undefined "independent" with undefined "original" thoughts/opinions follows in turn, along with assertions about the right "to think and say what we really believe" about authorities. Such a naive view would not seem to hold up much based on recent test cases in the U.S. with Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning, and Edward Snowden where conditions internationally recognized as torture, death threats from Senators and Representatives, and general fury by the administration are easily observable by any paying attention. On and on the book goes like this.

The final straw for me came before the end of the second page where, it is claimed: "Human beings are born with a natural ability to reason logically." This is as uninformed and factually false as one can get, and quite offensive to those of us who respect the difficult, often dangerous work by many dedicated and brave scholars sacrificing over CENTURIES to bring the light of rational thought to the societies of the world which developed magical thinking based on hardwired instincts like language and analogy, which is why all ancient myths and religions reflect their local conditions, for example.

The introduction closes with "True critical thinking is about using good logic" which ranks on the informative scale near "True scotsmen are about eating good haggis", as the author seems unaware that one can use not merely good logic, but absolutely pure rationality with 100% error free logic, yet still be completely wrong, as history from the Fall of Rome to Anthropogenic Climate Change and financial crashes demonstrates.

Read The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark or Theory and Reality: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science (Science and Its Conceptual Foundations series) instead.
  • Original
Apparently Sharon was writing this book for herself. One of those writers who are more concerned about what they have to say, than what their readers learn from the book. I do not think reading this book would help you become a critical thinker.
Even though I agree with the base of logic, I still think there are many other books that discuss the issue with precision, without boring the hell out of the readers.