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This is an excellent introductory (first-year) Logic and Critical Thinking textbook.
The book covers the important elementary information, clearly discussing such things as the purpose and basic structure of an argument; the difference between an...
The PDF Table of Contents does not include links or page numbers which would be very helpful for navigation.
Other than that, the text was very easy to navigate.There are an abundance of examples that inspire students to look at issues from many different political viewpoints, challenging students to practice evaluating arguments, and identifying fallacies.Many of these exercises encourage students to critique issues, and recognize their own inherent reader-biases and challenge their own beliefs--hallmarks of critical thinking.It also does a good job introducing and discussing informal fallacies (Chapter 4).The incorporation of opportunities to evaluate real-world arguments is also very effective.read more see less This is an excellent introductory (first-year) Logic and Critical Thinking textbook.The book covers the important elementary information, clearly discussing such things as the purpose and basic structure of an argument; the difference between an argument and an explanation; validity; soundness; and the distinctions between an inductive and a deductive argument in accessible terms in the first chapter.The discipline often uses multiple terms for the same concept, but this text avoids that trap nicely. Since there are only four chapters, those chapters include large blocks of information.However, the chapters themselves are very well delineated and could be easily broken up so that parts could be left out or covered in a different order from the text.Van Cleave's Textbook uses relevant, contemporary content that will stand the test of time, at least for the next few years.Although some examples use certain subjects like former President Obama, it does so in a useful manner that inspires the use of critical thinking skills.