Thinking Critically A Concise Guide

ISBN-10: 0618348824
ISBN-13: 9780618348824
Edition: 2004
Authors: John Chaffee
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Book details

List price: $149.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: CENGAGE Learning
Publication date: 9/17/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.276
Language: English

Designed as a brief, supplemental text for any course in which critical thinking is a key component, this Concise version of Chaffee's acclaimed Thinking Critically teaches the fundamental thinking, reasoning, reading, and writing abilities that students need for academic success. This streamlined text highlights skill development. Engaging exercises, discussion topics, reading, and writing assignments encouraging active participation and provide structured opportunities for students to develop thinking processes. Diverse readings and assignments covering a range of controversial topicsfrom AIDS and substance abuse to patriotismguides students in thinking about complex issues.

John Chaffee, Ph.D., is a professor of philosophy at The City University of New York, where he has developed a Philosophy and Critical Thinking program that annually involves 25 faculty and 3,000 students. He is a nationally recognized figure in the area of critical thinking, having authored leading textbooks and many professional articles. He also has conducted numerous conference presentations and workshops throughout the country. In developing programs to teach people to think more effectively in all academic subjects and areas of life, he has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Ford Foundation, the Annenberg Foundation, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. He was selected as New York Educator of the Year and received the Distinguished Faculty Award for Diversity in Teaching in Higher Education.

Thinking Living an "Examined"
Life Working Towards Goals Making Decisions
Analyzing Issues
Final Thoughts
Thinking Critically
Thinking Actively
Carefully Exploring Situations with Questions
Thinking Independently
Viewing Situations from Different Perspectives
Supporting Diverse
Perspectives with Reasons and Evidence
Discussing Ideas in an Organized Way
Becoming a Critical Thinker
Solving Problems
Thinking Critically
About Problems
Introduction to Solving Problems
Solving Complex Problems
Solving Nonpersonal Problems
Perceivin, Believing, and Knowing
Actively Selecting, Organizing, and Interpreting Sensations
What Factors Shape Your Perceptions?
Thinking Critically About Perceptions
Constructing Beliefs
Believing and Knowing Knowledge and Truth
Reporting, Inferring, and Judging
Reporting Factual Information
Inferring Judging Final Thoughts
Constructing Arguments
Recognizing Arguments
Evaluating Arguments
Understanding Deductive Arguments
Final Thoughts
Reasoning Critically
Inductive Reasoning
Empirical Generalization
Fallacies of False Generalization
Causal Reasoning
Causal Fallacies
Fallacies of Relevance
The Critical Thinker's
Guide to Reasoning
Thinking Critically, Living Creatively
Living Creatively
Living a Life Philosophy
Glossary
Acknowledgments
Index

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