Asking the Right Questions: The Critical Thinking Guide All of Us Need

Because I’m returning to school this upcoming fall, I thought it would be a good idea to brush up on my literary theory and critical thinking skills. As I was meandering through the relevant section of the campus library, I stumbled upon Asking the Right Questions and picked it up on a whim.

cover image from LibraryThing

Priming the Pump

Asking the Right Questions is a quick read that manages to pack a great deal of excellent information in a deceptively small volume. It uses plain, easy-to-understand language that is suitable to an audience unfamiliar with the principles of critical thinking, but never talks down to those who are more experienced with the subject.

In addition, the book provides both guided and self-lead exercises that allow the reader to practice the skills covered in the chapter on examples that are relevant and varied. I found the combination of instruction and practice very helpful, and am certain that many other will feel the same way.


Perhaps its just election-season fatigue talking, but I think everyone should read this book. Those who have never been exposed to the principles of critical thinking will find an excellent beginning resource that will set them on the right path. As for the rest of us: We could all use a brief refresher.


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