See argumentation. Any fallacies book that doesn’t focus on argumentation will be dated and lack coherence, and a large majority of the textbook treatments are poor.  But don’t be discouraged!  The fallacies approach to argument evaluation may be one of most valuable ways to help students learn how to interpret arguments, and defend their interpretations.  I highly recommend Chris Tindale’s Fallacies and Argument Appraisal (Cambridge 2007). You can engage beginners effectively in this text if you lead up by introducing inferences (in the mind and in argumentation) and premise-conclusion structure. Advanced readers can also find here a remedy to the bad ways they’ve been taught fallacies.


Robert M. Martin. There are Two Errors in the the Title of this Book (Broadview, various editions).

Peg Tittle.  What If…Collected Thought Experiments in Philosophy (Pearson/Longman, 2004).  I haven’t yet got my hands on this book but given the recent discussions of the role of thought experiments as a philosophical methodology, it may be extremely useful for both teaching and research.

black and white image of critical thinking textbooks packed tightly on a shelf


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