A Short Course in Intellectual Self-Defense

By Normand Baillargeon; Charb (Illustrator); Andrea Schmidt (Translator)
(Seven Stories Press, Paperback, 9781583227657, 335pp.)

Publication Date: February 2008

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What is the relationship between democracy and critical thinking? What must a citizen in a democracy know to make the word democracy meaningful? In A Short Course in Intellectual Self-Defense, historian and educator Normand Baillargeon provides readers with the tools to see through the spin and jargon of everyday politics and news reporting in order to decide for themselves what is at stake and how to ask the necessary questions to protect themselves from the manipulations of the government and the media. Whether the issue be the call to what we're told will be a bloodless war, the "debate" around Intelligent Design, or the meaning of a military expenditure, Baillargeon teaches readers to evaluate information and sort fact from official and media spin.

About the Author
Normand Baillargeon is the author of several prior books of critical thinking. He teaches education at the University of Quebec in Montreal, Canada and is a regular contributor to Le Couac newspaper and A BA[bord magazine.

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