A Reading List on Critical Thinking


Blog Posts by Fred M. Beshears

Analyzing Arguments with AI Tools like GPT-3
https://memeinnovation.wordpress.com/2021/12/15/analyzing-arguments-with-ai-tools-like-gpt-3/

Anatol Rapoport’s Rules: Why Being Fair To Your Opponent Matters
https://memeinnovation.wordpress.com/2020/06/30/anatol-rapoports-rules-why-being-fair-to-your-opponent-matters/

Applying the Blind Men and the Elephant Parable to Critical Thinking
https://memeinnovation.wordpress.com/2022/01/04/applying-the-blind-men-and-the-elephant-parable-to-critical-thinking/

Binary Thinking vs Critical Thinking
https://memeinnovation.wordpress.com/2022/06/06/binary-thinking-vs-critical-thinking/

Common Rhetorical Fallacies
https://memeinnovation.wordpress.com/2020/12/08/common-rhetorical-fallacies/

Critical Thinking versus the Dialectics of Meme Warfare
https://memeinnovation.wordpress.com/2022/01/08/critical-thinking-versus-the-dialectics-of-meme-warfare/

Fallibilism and the Scientific Method
https://memeinnovation.wordpress.com/2021/01/04/fallibilism-and-the-scientific-method/

Four Lessons in Simple Logic
https://memeinnovation.wordpress.com/2021/06/03/four-lessons-in-simple-logic/

Informal Logic by Douglas Walton
https://memeinnovation.wordpress.com/2021/12/02/informal-logic-by-douglas-walton/

Know your audience and the distinction between fact and value.
https://memeinnovation.wordpress.com/2020/12/09/know-your-audience-and-the-distinction-between-fact-and-value/

The Logic of Vampires
https://memeinnovation.wordpress.com/2022/02/16/the-logic-of-vampires/

A Meditation on Modus Ponens and the Tooth Fairy
https://memeinnovation.wordpress.com/2021/02/10/a-meditation-on-modus-ponens-and-the-tooth-fairy/

Metascience and Politics: An inquiry into the Conceptual Language of Political Science
https://memeinnovation.wordpress.com/2021/11/05/metascience-and-politics-an-inquiry-into-the-conceptual-language-of-political-science/

Notes on the Appeal To Reason in Rhetoric
https://memeinnovation.wordpress.com/2021/11/26/notes-on-the-appeal-to-reason-in-rhetoric/

Notes on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning Handbook 2021
https://memeinnovation.wordpress.com/2022/01/16/notes-on-computer-supported-collaborative-learning-handbook-2021/

On the importance of reading definitions from right to left.
https://memeinnovation.wordpress.com/2020/09/04/on-the-importance-of-reading-definitions-from-right-to-left/

The pros and cons of working collectively versus those of working alone.
https://memeinnovation.wordpress.com/2021/01/27/the-pros-and-cons-of-working-collectively-versus-those-of-working-alone/

Should Critical Thinking be Part of What We Teach at Circle Pines?
https://memeinnovation.wordpress.com/2021/06/19/should-critical-thinking-be-part-of-what-we-teach-at-circle-pines/

The Square of Opposition
https://memeinnovation.wordpress.com/2021/09/15/the-square-of-opposition/

The value and importance of remote learning starting in 3,200 BCE.
https://memeinnovation.wordpress.com/2020/10/15/the-value-and-importance-of-remote-learning-starting-in-3200-bce/

World Views as Blind Men Trying to Understand An Elephant
https://memeinnovation.wordpress.com/2021/01/04/world-views-as-blind-men-trying-to-understand-an-elephant/

Wouldn’t it be better if we just could meet face-to-face at places like Olney or Circle Pines?
https://memeinnovation.wordpress.com/2021/12/15/wouldnt-it-be-better-if-we-just-could-meet-face-to-face-at-places-like-olney-or-circle-pines/

Zack Beauchamp on the Defenders and Critics of Liberalism
https://memeinnovation.wordpress.com/2022/06/06/zack-beauchamp-on-the-defenders-and-critics-of-liberalism/

FMB: this is a good example of critical thinking, IMO. Beauchamp provides a very nice analysis of political thought from thinkers/writers on the left, center, and right. It’s an example of how one goes about analyzing the perspectives of the various “blind men” in the story of the Blind Men and the Elephant.


Books sorted by Lead Author


Burke, Kenneth

A Grammar of Motives
1st Edition
1945

A Rhetoric of Motives
1st Edition
1950


Capaldi, Nicholas

The Art of Deception: an Introduction to Critical Thinking
1st Edition
2007


Corbett, Edward P.

Classical Rhetoric for the Modern Student
2nd Edition
1971


Cress, Ulrike

International Handbook of Computer Supported Collaborative Learning
1st Edition
2021


Flew, Antony

Thinking About Thinking
by Antony Flew
1 January 1975


Fearnside, Ward W.

Fallacy: the Counterfeit of Argument
1st Edition
1959


Gregor, James A.

Metascience & Politics: An Inquiry into the Conceptual Language of Political Science
2nd Edition
2003


Heinrichs, Jay

Thank You for Arguing:
What Aristotle, Lincoln, and Homer Simpson can Teach Us About the Art of Persuasion
4th Edition
2020


Kahneman, Daniel

Thinking, Fast and Slow
1st Edition
2011


Kirschner, Paul A.

Visualizing Argumentation:
Software Tools for Collaborative and Educational Sense-Making
1st Edition
2003


Klenk, Virginia

Understanding Symbolic Logic
1st Edition
1983


Pearl, Judea

The Book of Why: the New Science of Cause and Effect
1st Edition
2018


Perelman, Chaim

The New Rhetoric
1st Edition
1969

The Realm of Rhetoric
1st Edition
1982


Pinker, Steven

Rationality: What it is, Why it Seems Scarce, and Why it Matters
1st Edition
2021


Quine, Willard VanOrman

Elementary Logic
Revised Edition
1980


Seo, Bo

Good Arguments: How debate teaches us to listen and be heard
by Bo Seo
7 June 2022


Toulmin, Stephen

The Uses Of Argument
by Stephen Toulmin
7 July 2003


Walton, Douglas

Informal Logic: a Pragmatic Approach
2nd Edition
2008


Weston, Anthony

A Rulebook For Arguments
Anthony Weston
1 February 2018

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