Invitation to Critical Thinking

ISBN-10: 0495103713
ISBN-13: 9780495103714
Edition: 6th 2008 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $216.95
Edition: 6th
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 4/6/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 7.48" wide x 9.33" long x 0.67" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

INVITATION TO CRITICAL THINKING teaches you how to recognize, analyze, evaluate, and compose arguments that can be used as tools of rational persuasion. Fostering discussions of critical thinking and its application in mass media, effective writing, and problem solving, this book will introduce you to a wide variety of strategies for identifying and analyzing arguments in the world around you. In addition, the robust companion website offers an array of online tools that offer an unprecedented variety of interactive exercises that will not only help you remember important concepts, but apply them as well.

The Basics
Critical Thinking
The Importance of Critical Thinking
What Is Critical Thinking?
Obstacles to Critical Thinking
Looking Ahead: Issues and Disputes
Language
What Is Language?
Functions of Language
Meaning in Language
Definitions
Argument
Argument Identification
Argument Identification
Argument Analysis
Argument Analysis I: Representing Argument Structure
The Goal of Argument Analysis
Elementary Procedures
Intermediate Challenges
Argument Analysis II: Paraphrasing Arguments
Paraphrasing
Advanced Applications
Practice, Practice, and More Practice
Deductive Reasoning
Evaluating Deductive Arguments I: Categorical Logic
Deductive and Inductive Reasoning
Argument Form
Categorical Logic
Evaluating Deductive Arguments II: Truth Functional Logic
Truth Functional Analysis of Logical Operators
Argument Forms
Testing for Validity with Truth Tables
Inductive Reasoning
Evaluating Inductive Arguments I: Generalization and Analogy
Assessing Inductive Strength
Reasoning by Analogy
Evaluating Inductive Arguments II: Hypothetical Reasoning and Burden of Proof
Presumption and the �Burden of Proof�
Reasoning Hypothetically
Evaluating Whole Arguments
Evaluating Premises: Self-evidence, Consistency, Indirect Proof
Necessary Truths
Contingent Claims
Beyond �Self-Evidence�
Informal Fallacies I: Language, Relevance, Authority
Fallacies of Language
Fallacies of Relevance
Fallacious Appeals to Authority
Informal Fallacies II: Assumptions and Induction
Fallacious Assumptions
Fallacies of Induction
A Final Word of Caution
Making Your Case: Argumentative Composition
The Issue Statement
Research and the Media
The Thesis Statement
Argument Design

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