However, the terms are clearly and thoroughly explained within the text,...
read more see less The text covers all the relevant technical aspects of introductory logic and critical thinking, and covers them well.
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.
Van Cleave uses terminology consistently and the chapters flow well.
The textbook orients the reader by offering effective introductions to new material, step-by-step explanations of the material, as well as offering clear summaries of each lesson. Its language and structure are not overly convoluted or too-lengthy, making it convenient for individual instructors to adapt the materials to suit their methodological preferences.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.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.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...While the book is admirably comprehensive, its extensive details within a few short chapters may feel overwhelming to students.The author tackles an impressive breadth of concepts in Chapter 1, 2, 3, and 4, which leads to 50-plus-page chapters...As mentioned previously, the author has an accessible style that makes the content relatively easy to read and engaging.He also does a suitable job explaining jargon/technical language that is introduced in the textbook.