Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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978-0-8476-8003-0 • Paperback • April 1995 • $74.00 • (£57.00)
John D. Mullen is professor of philosophy at Dowling College in Oakdale, New York. He is the co-author, with Byron Roth, of Decision Making: Its Logic and Practice (Rowman & Littlefield, 1992).
Chapter 1 What is Hard Thinking? The Core Language of Reasoning
Chapter 2 How to Read Arguments
Chapter 3 Myths of Privileged Sources
Chapter 4 Hard Thinking About Values
Chapter 5 Mastering Language
Chapter 6 Everyday Fallacies of Reasoning
Chapter 7 Fallacies of Technical Reasoning
Chapter 8 Modern Formal Logic
Chapter 9 Appendix: Aristotle's Herculean Try
Mullen effectively combines logic, epistemology, and good old fashioned common sense. The dialogues and examples are telling; the explanations clear and to the point. The book articulates, defends, and exemplifies all the important features of 'hard thinking'. Many texts purport to aid in the teaching of thinking; this one will clearly succeed.
— Harvey Siegel, University of Miami
Not only does Mullen's text challenge students to do some hard thinking, but it explains why they should and it shows them how. . . . [T]he text includes strong chapters on both traditional and modern formal logic. As a result, this book should prove suitable for a wide variety of courses.
— Bruce Umbaugh, Webster University
Ideally a logic text should encourage not only criticism of thinking, but critical thinking itself. To its great credit, Hard Thinking does both.
— Nicholas Rescher