Critical Thinking A Student's Introduction with Critical Thinking PowerWeb

ISBN-10: 0072840854
ISBN-13: 9780072840858
Edition: 2002
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List Price: $79.38
Copyright Year: 2002
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Publication Date: 5/28/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 560
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.936
Language: English

Introduction to Critical Thinking What is Critical Thinking?
Critical Thinking Standards
The Benefits of Critical Thinking Barriers to Critical Thinking
Characteristics of a Critical Thinker
Chapter Summary
Recognizing Arguments What Is an Argument?
Identifying Premises and Conclusions
What Is Not an Argument?
Chapter Summary
Basic Logical Concepts Deduction and Induction
How Can We Tell Whether an Argument is Deductive or Inductive?
Common Patterns of Deductive Reasoning
Common Patterns of Inductive Reasoning
Deductive Validity
Inductive Strength
Testing for Validity
Chapter Summary
Language The Role of Language in the Assessment of Arguments
Deciding Whether a Premise is True or False
Precision and Personal Viewpoint in Our Own Arguments
Finding the Right Words: The Need for Precision
The Importance of Precise Definitions
Emotive Language: Slanting the Truth
Euphemism and Political Correctness
Chapter Summary
Logical Fallacies 1-The Concept of Relevance
Fallacies of Relevance
Chapter Summary
Logical Fallacies 2-Fallacies of Insufficient Evidence
Chapter Summary
Analyzing Arguments Diagramming Short Arguments
Summarizing Longer Arguments
Chapter Summary
Evaluating Arguments When Is an Argument a Good One?
When Is It Reasonable to Accept a Premise?
Chapter Summary
Appendix: Sample Critical Essay
Getting Deeper into Logic: Categorical Reasoning Categorical Statements
Translating into Standard Categorical Form
Categorical Syllogisms
Chapter Summary
Getting Deeper into Logic: Propositional Logic Conjunction
Conjunction and Validity
Negation
Deeper Analysis of Negation and Conjunction
Disjunction
Conditional Statements
Chapter Summary
Inductive Reasoning Introduction to Induction
Inductive Generalizations
Statistical Arguments
Induction and Analogy
Induction and Causal Arguments
A Few Words about Probability
Chapter Summary
Finding, Evaluating and Using Sources Finding Sources
Refining Your Search
Directional Information
Informational Sources
Evaluating Sources
The Audience
Taking Notes
Using Sources
Acknowledging Sources
Chapter Summary
Writing Argumentative Essays Writing a Successful Argument
Before you Write
Writing the First Draft
After the First Draft
Sample Argumentative Essay
Chapter Summary
Thinking Critically About the Media The Mass Media
The News Media: Message vs. Meaning, Information vs. Knowledge
Getting us to Pay Attention: What Really Drives the Media
Keeping Our Interest: The News as Entertainment
Media Literacy
Advertisements and the Media
Chapter Summary
Science and Pseudoscience The Basic Pattern of Scientific Reasoning
The Limitations of Science
How to Distinguish Science from Pseudoscience
Two Case Studies in Pseudoscience and the Paranormal
Chapter Summary
Answers to Selected Exercises
Glossary
Index

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