A Workbook for Arguments: A Complete Course in Critical Thinking, Second Edition (Hackett, 2015)
Co-authored with Anthony Weston, 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.
Writing in Teaching Philosophy, Chris Jackson says of the first edition, "Quite simply, one of the best critical-thinking texts I have read."
This 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.
- Two new activities in which students analyze arguments in their original form, as provided in brief selections from the original texts.
This edition continues to include:
- The entire text of Rulebook, supplemented with extensive explanations and exercises.
- Homework exercises adapted from a wide range of arguments in a wide variety of sources.
- Practical advice to help students succeed.
- Model answers to odd-numbered problems, including commentaries on the strengths and weaknesses of selected sample answers and further discussion of some of the substantive intellectual, philosophical, or ethical issues they raise.
- Detailed instructions for in-class activities and take-home assignments.
- An appendix on mapping arguments, giving students a solid introduction to this vital skill in constructing complex and multi-step arguments and evaluating them.