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Critical Thinking A Student's Introduction

ISBN-10: 0073407348
ISBN-13: 9780073407340
Edition: 3rd 2008 (Revised)
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Description: This clear, learner-friendly text helps today's students bridge the gap between everyday culture and critical thinking. The text covers all the basics of critical thinking, beginning where students are, not where we think they should be. Its  More...

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Book details

List price: $94.69
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 497
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

This clear, learner-friendly text helps today's students bridge the gap between everyday culture and critical thinking. The text covers all the basics of critical thinking, beginning where students are, not where we think they should be. Its comprehensiveness allows instructors to tailor the material to their individual teaching styles, resulting in an exceptionally versatile text.

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
Recognizing Arguments
What Is an Argument?
Identifying Premises and Conclusions What Is Not an Argument?
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
Language Finding the Right Words: The Need for Precision The Importance of Precise Definitions Emotive Language: Slanting the Truth Euphemisms and Political Correctness
Logical Fallacies-1
The Concept of Relevance Fallacies of Relevance
Logical Fallacies-2
Fallacies of Insufficient Evidence
Analyzing Arguments
Diagramming Short Arguments
Summarizing Longer Arguments
Evaluating Arguments
When Is an Argument a Good One?
When Is It Reasonable to Accept a Premise?
Appendix: Sample Critical Essay
A Little Categorical Logic Categorical Statements
Translating into Standard Categorical
Form Categorical Syllogisms
A Little Propositional Logic Conjunction
Conjunction and Validity Negation
Deeper Analysis of Negation and Conjunction
Disjunction Conditional Statements
Inductive Reasoning
Introduction to Induction Inductive
Generalizations Statistical Arguments
Induction and Analogy Induction and Causal
Arguments A Few Words about Probability
Finding, Evaluating, and Using Sources Finding Sources
Evaluating Sources Taking Notes Using Sources
Writing Argumentative Essays Writing a Successful Argument
Before you Write Writing the First Draft After the First Draft
Thinking Critically about the Media
The Mass Media
The News Media Getting Us to Pay Attention: What Really
Drives the Media Keeping Our Interest: The News as Entertainment Media Literacy Advertising
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
Notes
Answers to Selected Exercises
Credits Glossary
Index

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