Asking the Right Questions A Guide to Critical Thinking

ISBN-10: 0132203049
ISBN-13: 9780132203043
Edition: 8th 2007 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $48.20
Edition: 8th
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 1/31/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Preface
The Benefit of Asking the Right Questions Introduction Critical Thinking to the Rescue
The Sponge and Panning for Gold: Alternative Thinking Styles
An Example of the Panning-for-Gold
Approach Panning for Gold: Asking Critical Questions
The Myth of the ldquo;Right Answerrdquo; Thinking and Feeling
The Purpose of Asking the Question, ldquo;Who Cares?rdquo;
Weak-Sense and Strong-Sense Critical Thinking
The Satisfaction of Using the Panning-for-Gold
Approach Trying Out New Answers
Effective Communication and Critical Thinking
The Importance of Practice The Right Questions
What Are the Issue and the Conclusion?
Kinds of Issues Searching for the Issue
Searching for the Authorrsquo;s or Speakerrsquo;s
Conclusion Clues to Discovery: How to Find the Conclusion Critical
Thinking and Your Own Writing and Speaking
Practice
Exercises
What Are the Reasons?
Reasons + Conclusion = Argument Initiating the Questioning
Process Words That Identify
Reasons Kinds of Reasons
Keeping the Reasons and Conclusions
Straight Reasons First, Then Conclusions
ldquo;Freshrdquo; Reasons and Your Growth Critical
Thinking and Your Own Writing and Speaking
Practice
Exercises
What Words or Phrases Are Ambiguous?
The Confusing Flexibility of Words Locating Key Terms and Phrases Checking for Ambiguity
Determining Ambiguity Context and Ambiguity
Ambiguity, Definitions, and the Dictionary
Ambiguity and Loaded Language
Limits of Your Responsibility to Clarify Ambiguity
Ambiguity and Your Own Writing and Speaking
Summary
Practice
Exercises
What Are the Value Conflicts and Assumptions?
General Guide for Identifying Assumptions Value Conflicts and Assumptions Discovering Values
From Values to Value Assumptions
Typical Value Conflicts
The Communicatorrsquo;s Background as a Clue to Value Assumptions
Consequences as Clues to Value Assumptions
More Hints for Finding Value Assumptions
Avoiding a Typical Difficulty When Identifying Value Assumptions
Finding Value Assumptions on Your Own Values and Relativism
Summary
Practice
Exercises
What Are the Descriptive Assumptions?
Illustrating Descriptive Assumptions
Clues for Locating Assumptions
Applying the Clues
Avoiding Analysis of Trivial Assumptions
Assumptions and Your Own Writing and Speaking
Summary
Practice
Exercises
Are There Any Fallacies in the Reasoning?
A Questioning Approach to Finding Reasoning
Fallacies Evaluating Assumptions as a Starting Point
Discovering Other Common Reasoning Fallacies
Looking for Diversions Sleight of Hand: Begging the Question
Summary of Reasoning Errors
Expanding Your Knowledge of Fallacies
Fallacies and Your Own Writing and Speaking
Practice
Exercises
How Good Is the Evidence: Intuition, Personal Experience, Testimonials, and Appeals to Authority?
The Need for Evidence
Locating Factual Claims Sources of Evidence
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