What Is the Argument? Critical Thinking in the Real World

ISBN-10: 0072840862
ISBN-13: 9780072840865
Edition: 2002
Author(s): Steven P. Lee
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List Price: $87.50
Copyright Year: 2002
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Publication Date: 5/28/2002
Binding: Mixed Media
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.090
Language: English

Steven P. Lee is Donald R. Harter Professor in Humanities at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York. He is the author of Morality, Prudence, and Nuclear Weapons (Cambridge University Press, 1993) and What Is the Argument? Critical Thinking in the Real World (2002), the editor of Intervention, Terrorism, and Torture: Contemporary Challenges to Just War Theory (2007) and the co-editor of Ethics and Weapons of Mass Destruction (Cambridge University Press, 2004).

What Is Critical Thinking? What is Critical Thinking?
The Importance of Critical Thinking
Critical Thinking in the Real World
Chapter Summary
A Look Ahead
Key Terms
What Is An Argument? The Support Relationship
Argumentative Texts
Persuasion and the Social Nature of Argument
Chapter Summary
Key Terms
Explanations and Value Arguments Explanation
Facts, Values, and Opinions
Chapter Summary
Key Terms
What Is the Argument?
Conclusion and Premises Argument Structure
Identifying the Conclusion
Identifying the Premises
Chapter Summary
Key Terms
Reformulation and Complex Arguments General Statements
Conditional Statements
The Idea of Reformulation
Complex Arguments
Chapter Summary
Key Terms
Evaluating Argument Form Argument Evaluation
Deductive Arguments and Validity
Implicit Premises
Nondeductive Arguments and Formal Strength
The Idea of a Fallacy
Irrelevant Reason and Hasty
Conclusion
Some Specific Format Fallacies
Chapter Summary
Key Terms
Deductive Arguments Formal Logic and Logical Form
Categorical Logic
Immediate Inference
Testing for Validity in Categorical Logic
Statement Logic
Chapter Summary
Key Terms
Evaluating Argument Content Premises and their Assessment
The Fallacies of Problematic Premise and False Premise
Appeals to Authority
Some Specific Content Fallacies
Chapter Summary
Key Terms
Language and Meaning Concepts and Their Role in Arguments
Definition
Some Specific Fallacies of Language Use
Chapter Summary
Key Terms
Induction and Causal Arguments Inductive Arguments
Evaluating Inductive Arguments
Causal Arguments
Chapter Summary
Key Terms
All-Things-Considered Arguments and Analogies All-Things-Considered Arguments
Arguments from Analogy
Evaluation-the Fallacy of Faulty Analogy
Summary
Key Terms
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