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The Critical Thinking Resource Book has finally been published. It is called Studies in Critical Thinking. It is published in the Windsor Studies in Argumentation (WSIA) series at the University of Windsor. It is available as an E-book, and it may be downloaded FREE from their website, as a whole or one chapter at a time (to access it, simply click on the title of the book above or below). It is also available in a really inexpensive paperback from Amazon (+ postage)—under US$12 for the 473-page book.

Studies in Critical Thinking, ed. by J. Anthony Blair

It contains an opening chapter by Alec Fisher on what critical thinking is, followed by a short chapter on teaching CT by Michael Scriven and Tony Blair, then five model exercises, by Derek Allen, Justine Kingsbury, Tracy Bowell, Jan Albert van Laar, and Sharon Bailin & Mark Battersby.

The rest of the book is articles, designed as resources for CT instructors and possible readings for their students.

There’s a section on argument. “Argument and CT” by Tony Blair; “The concept of an argument” by David Hitchcock; “Using computer-aided argument mapping to teach reasoning” by Martin Davies, Ashley Barnett and Tim van Gelder; “Argumentation schemes and their application in argument mining” by Douglas Walton; “Constructing effective arguments” by Beth Innocenti; “Judging arguments” by Tony Blair; and “An introduction to the study of fallaciousness” by Christopher Tindale.

And there’s a section on other elements of CT: “How a critical thinker uses the web” by Sally Jackson; “Definition” by Robert H. Ennis; “Generalizing” by Dale Hample and Yiwen Dai; “Appeals to authority” by Mark Battersby; “Logic and CT” by G. C. Goddu; “Abduction and inference to the best explanation” by John Woods; and “The unruly logic of evaluation” by Michael Scriven.

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