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You've Got To Be Kidding!: How Jokes Can Help You Think

You've Got To Be Kidding!: How Jokes Can Help You Think

John Capps, Donald Capps

ISBN: 978-1-405-19664-2

Sep 2009, Wiley-Blackwell

144 pages

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$27.95

Description

You've Got to Be Kidding!: How Jokes Can Help You Think is a thoughtful and accessible analysis of the ways in which jokes illustrate how we think critically, and how the thinking process goes awry in everyday human situations
  • Uses jokes to illustrate the various mistakes or fallacies that are typically identified and discussed in courses on critical reasoning
  • Provides an effective way to learn critical thinking skills since jokes often describe real-life situations where it really matters whether a person thinks well or not
  • Demonstrates how philosophy is actually very practical and clearly related to real- life human experiences
  • Explains how developing good reasoning habits can make a real difference in all aspects of one’s life

Preface ix

Acknowledgements xiii

1 Why Thinking Critically Is Important 1

2 Fallacies of Relevance 13

3 Fallacies of Evidence 45

4 Fallacies of Assumption 80

5 Critical Thinking and Objective Truth 97

References 116

Index 119