Studies in Critical Thinking: 2nd Edition


J. Anthony Blair, CRRAR, University of Windsor; Derek Allen, Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto; Sharon Bailin, Professor Emeritus, Simon Fraser University; Ashley Barnett; Mark Battersby, Professor Emeritus, Capilano University; Yiwen Dai, University of Maryland, College Park; Martin Davies, University of Melbourne; Robert H. Ennis, Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois; Alec Fisher, University of East Anglia; Tim van Gelder, University of Melbourne; G.C. Goddu, University of Richmond; Dale Hample, Professor Emeritus, University of Maryland; David Hitchcock, Professor Emeritus, McMaster University; Beth Innocenti, University of Kansas; Sally Jackson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Justine Kingsbury, University of Waikato; Jan Albert van Laar, University of Groningen; Michael Scriven, Claremont Graduate University; Christopher W. Tindale, CRRAR, University of Windsor; Douglas Walton, CRRAR, University of Windsor; John Woods, Abductive Systems Group, University of British Columbia; Tracy Bowell


Critical thinking deserves both imaginative teaching and serious theoretical attention. Studies in Critical Thinking assembles an all-star cast to serve both.

EDITOR: J. Anthony Blair (Windsor)

INTRO:  On What Critical Thinking Is (Alec Fisher, East Anglia)

PART II On Teaching CT (Blair & Scriven)  5 Exercises: Validity (Derek Allen, Toronto), Teaching Argument Construction (Kingsbury, Waikato), C.T About Students’ Own Beliefs (Tracy Bowell, Waikato & Justine Kingsbury), Settling Conflict by Compromise (Jan Albert van Laar, Groningen), Using Arguments to Inquire (Sharon Bailin, Simon Fraser & Mark Battersby, Capilano)

PART III 7 Chapters on Argument: Arguments and CT (J. Anthony Blair), The Concept of an Argument (David Hitchcock, McMaster), Using Computer Aided Argument Mapping to Teach CT (Martin Davies, Ashley Barnett, Tim van Gelder, Melbourne), Argument Schemes and Argument Mining (Douglas Walton, Windsor), Constructing Effective Arguments (Beth Innocenti, Kansas), Judging Arguments (Blair), Introduction to Fallaciousness (Christopher Tindale, Windsor).

PART IV 7 Chapters on Useful Background for CT: How a Critical Thinkeer Uses the Web (Sally Jackson, Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Definition (Robert Ennis, Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Generalizing (Dale Hample & Yiwen Dai, Maryland), Appeals to Authorit8y: Sources & Experts (Mark Battersby), Logic and CT, (G.C. Goddu, Richmond), Abduction and Inference to the Best Explanation (John Woods, British Columbia). The Unruly Logic of Evaluation (Michael Scriven, Claremont)


  • On What Critical Thinking Is
    Alec Fisher
  • Teaching Critical Thinking
    Michael Scriven, J. Anthony Blair
  • Validity
    Derek Allen
  • Teaching Argument Construction
    Justine Kingsbury
  • Encouraging Critical Thinking About Students' Own Beliefs
    Tracy Bowell, Justine Kingsbury
  • Middle Ground
    Settling a public controversy by means of a reasonable compromise
    Jan Albert van Laar
  • Using Arguments to Inquire
    Mark Battersby, Sharon Bailin
  • Arguments and Critical Thinking
    J. Anthony Blair
  • The Concept of an Argument
    David Hitchcock
  • Using Computer-Aided Argument Mapping to Teach Reasoning
    Martin Davies, Ashley Barnett, Tim van Gelder
  • Argumentation Schemes & Their Application in Argument Mining
    Douglas Walton
  • Constructing Effective Arguments
    Beth Innocenti
  • Judging Arguments
    J. Anthony Blair
  • An Introduction to the Study of Fallaciousness
    Christopher W. Tindale
  • How a Critical Thinker Uses the Web
    Sally Jackson
  • Definition
    Robert H. Ennis
  • Generalizing
    Dale Hample, Yiwen Dai
  • Appeals to Authority
    Mark Battersby
  • Logic and Critical Thinking
    G.C. Goddu
  • Abduction and Inference to the Best Explanation
    John Woods
  • The Unruly Logic of Evaluation
    Michael Scriven

Author Biography

J. Anthony Blair, CRRAR, University of Windsor

J. Anthony Blair is a pioneer of the informal logic movement, co-authoring with Ralph H. Johnson the influential textbook Logical Self-Defense. With Robert C. Pinto and Katharine E. Parr, he wrote the critical thinking textbook, Reasoning, A Practical Guide. He is a founder and editor of the journal Informal Logic. He has published extensively in informal logic, critical thinking and argumentation. A selection of his papers appeared in his Groundwork in the Theory of Argumentation (Springer, 2012). He was appointed a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Windsor, and has received the International Society for the Study of Argumentation’s Distinguished Scholarship Award in recognition of a lifetime of scholarly achievement in the study of argumentation. He is presently a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Research in Reasoning, Argumentation and Rhetoric (CRRAR) at Windsor, which offers an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in argumentation studies.



January 1, 2021


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ISBN-13 (15)


Date of first publication (11)


Physical Dimensions

6in x 9in