In this post, we look at the 10 best books on critical thinking. Critical thinking is one of the most important skills you can have. So improving your critical thinking skills should be a priority. It means making logical and reasoned judgment based on analysis and facts, which in turn gives stronger results. Better bang for your buck.
Critical thinking involves means not accepting all conclusions at face value, but questioning underlying assumptions and potential outcomes. It means pushing yourself to find your own reasonable conclusions. I’m sure you agree that sometimes we all lack these critical thinking skills, and that can lead to less desirable results. One great way to develop those skills is through reading books on critical thinking, and so in this post, we summarise ten of the top books around on critical thinking.
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10 Best Books On Critical Thinking
1. Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
Thinking fast and slow is a New York Times bestseller and has achieved several awards including the national academy of sciences best book award 2012, A Globe and Mail Best Books of the Year 2011 Title, and many others. The reason for the book’s popularity is that it is an astounding book that really forces us to think more rationally. It presents the information in a way that gives us many ‘aha’ moments. If you want to improve your thought processes and be more in control of your life then this book is essential reading.
As you can guess from the title, the book is based on the idea of thinking both fast, and slow. Our brains use two different thought processes, which are entertainingly described by Kahneman. By being aware of these two systems, we can become more effective thinkers.
2. Critical Thinking Skills: Developing Effective Analysis and Argument (2nd Edition) by Stella Cottrell
Overall it’s definitely one of the best books on critical thinking and well worth getting a copy.
3. Critical Thinking: Proven Strategies to Improve Decision Making Skills, Increase Intuition And Think Smarter by Simon Bradley and Nicole Price
The authors of this book, Simon Bradley and Nicole Price have developed an extremely helpful guide to critical thinking strategies. This is a practical book, with tips that can be implemented easily, whilst having a very positive effect on your life.
Being a better critical thinker can give you many advantages, especially when it comes to making tough decisions. This book highlights these points and discussses why and how this is the case. If you’re looking for a book that will push you towards a life change, or even just to give you a new perspective on things then ‘Critical Thinking: Proven Strategies To Improve Decision Making Skills, Increase Intuition And Think Smarter’ is a good choice for you.
4. The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking by Edward B. Burger
The ‘5 Elements of Critical Thinking’ is a guide on how to become more successful through better thinking. The author Edward B. Burger, who comes from a mathematical background, provides us with lively, practical and inspiring ways to achieve this.
The book talks about how highly effective people aren’t any different to less effective people, they simply use their minds differently. The book is short, however is straight to the point. The author of this book provides creative simple and effective ways to ‘think outside the box’.
5. Predictably Irrational, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely
This eye-opening book is deep and readable. Behaving irrationally is part of human nature. As humans, we do not make decisions that are economically rational, rather our behaviors are ruled by emotional and psychological states. The author references interesting studies to illustrate his points, but sometimes it doesn’t get to the point as quickly as you would like.
Not our top choice, but worth a look.
6. Critical Thinking: A Beginner’s Guide to Critical Thinking, Better Decision Making, and Problem Solving by Jennifer Wilson
This book by Jennifer Wilson gives us a great introduction to the world of critical thinking. It gives us the fundamental processes which will eventually lead us towards better decision making and problem-solving.
The author of this book explains to us that to solve problems in our lives, both big and small, it is essential for us to think clearly and to make perfect decisions at the right time. This book teaches us the steps we need in order to do that.
7. Asking the Right Questions: A Guide to Critical Thinking (Global Edition) by M. Neil Browne and Stuart M. Keeley
This book aims to bridge the gap between memorizing information and critically analyzing that information. In this way it aims to teach us how to think critically, by exploring the different components of conclusions, issues and conflicts, facts, reasons, and so on.
This book is outstanding as an introduction to the subject of critical thinking because it takes us step by step through the entire process. Without missing out any details. This is great for someone new to the topic.
8. A Rulebook for Arguments by Anthony Weston
This book by Anthony Weston is a great ‘How to’ book for anyone who wants to get better at using evidence and reasoning to support a point of view. The advice in the book is both clear and concise. It is also very practical. The information is delivered in a way that is logical and straight to the point, as you would expect.
This is very impressive from the author’s point of view as other books would have delivered the same information in a lot more pages. Overall it is a good read.
9. How to Think About Weird Things: Critical Thinking for a New Age (7th Edition) by Theodore Schick and Lewis Vaughn
If you are looking for a book that will give you an entirely new way of thinking then ‘How to Think About Weird Things: Critical Thinking for the New Age’ is for you. The book is really interesting and as the title suggests, the book will test your critical thinking and will push you towards ‘weird’ things.
10. Think Smarter: Critical Thinking to Improve Problem-Solving and Decision-Making Skills by Michael Kallet
This book by Michael Kallet is a splendid book for several reasons. It is approachable, easy to read and concise with practical advice that you can use in real life situations. The book is not only great as a reference, it also motivates you to think differently. There are many tips and tricks throughout, and they really help someone who is looking to get into the subject of critical thinking.