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    Critical Thinking A Student's Introduction with Critical Thinking PowerWeb

    ISBN-10: 0072840854
    ISBN-13: 9780072840858
    Author(s): Gregory Bassham, William Irwin, Henry Nardone, James M. Wallace
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    Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
    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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