Second Thoughts Critical Thinking for a Diverse Society

ISBN-10: 0072993502

ISBN-13: 9780072993509

Edition: 3rd 2006

Authors: Wanda Teays

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List price: $97.50
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 665
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.2
Language: English

Wanda Teays is currently a professor and chair of the Philosophy Department at Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles. She has a B.A. in Mathematics and Philosophy from CSU Fullerton, an M.A. in Philosophy of Mathematics from the University of Alberta, a Ph.D. in Humanities from Concordia University in Montreal, and an M.T.S. (Applied Ethics) from Harvard University. She teaches, writes, speaks, and edits books in the areas of critical thinking, bioethics, violence, human rights and the law. Having studied and taught in Canada over a span of twelve years, she knows the value of diverse perspectives. She draws on her work as a consultant in critical thinking to colleges, universities, and school districts (K-12) to promote quality education for all students. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, pet cockatoo, and a small herd of cats.

Acquiring Critical Thinking Skills
Out of the Fog: The Pathway to Critical Thinking
Introduction to the Territory
A Solid Foundation Obstacles to Clear Thinking
Overview of Critical Thinking
Profile of a Clear Thinker: Skills and Dispositions
Frame of Reference Diverse
Perspectives in Critical Thinking
Social and Personal Decision Making
Problem Solving
Out of the Silence: The Power of Language
Descriptions Culturally Defined
Uses of Language Euphemisms
Hedging Labels and Categories Ambiguity (Linguistic Fallacies)
Concepts and Definitions: Meaning versus Use
Jargon, Buzzwords, and Technical Terms
Metaphors and Images
The Passive Voice Loaded Language
Propaganda Elusive Language and Hate Speech
Overcoming Linguistic Lethargy
Humor, Parody, and Satire The Liberatory Voice
Sharpening Our Tools: The Basics of Argument
Opinion versus Reasoned
Argument Descriptions versus Inferences Facts, Opinions, and Ideas
Good Arguments, Bad Arguments
Fallacies, Fallacies: Steering Clear of Argumentative Quicksand
Introduction to the Fallacies of Relevance Key
Fallacies of Relevance Key
Fallacies of Presumption More
Fallacies of Presumption Key
Fallacies of Ambiguity Formal Fallacies
Analysis: The Heart of Critical Thinking
Assessing Credibility Cogency
Developing Analytical Skills
Analyzing Arguments
Independent versus Interdependent Evidence
Analysis of an Article or Argument
The Logic Machine: Deductive and Inductive
Reasoning Key Terms in Arguments
The Key to Distinguishing Propositions
Deductive Reasoning
Inductive Reasoning
Truth Tables
The Persuasive Power of Analogies Arguments from Analogy
The Fallacy of False Analogy
The Persuasive Force of an Analogy
Assessing an Analogy Analyzing Analogies
The Persuasive Aspects of Analogies
Structuring the Analogy
Analogies and Hypothetical Reasoning in the Law
Going Out Into the World
Desire and Illusion: Analyzing Advertising
Reading the Society from Ads Assumptions
The Use of Fallacies to Persuade
The Power of Advertising
Analyzing Ads
The Verbal Message
The Visual Message Winners and Losers in Advertising
Voices of the Community: The News Media Tabloid-Style
Journalism Watchdog Role of the Media
Analyzing the Newspaper
A Free Press Shaping Public Opinion
The Distinct Role of Sports in the News Media
Visions of the Real: Popular Culture
The Big Picture Analyzing
Popular Culture Assessing
Arguments Placing a Work of Popular Culture in Context
The Interface of Pop Culture and Reality
Analyzing Reviews
The Prescriptive versus Descriptive
Debate Theories of Interpretation
The Impact of Pop Culture Violence on the Screen
Web Sight: Critical Thinking and the Internet
Imaging the Internet
Web Hoaxes
Web Research
Web Analysis
Warning systems on the Internet
Assessing the Impact of Internet
Use Blogs and More Blogs
The Internet and Intellectual Freedom
Conflicting Views of the Internet
The Logic Connection
Wrestling with Big Questions: Pinning Down Arguments
First Method: The Flowchart
Second Method: Highlighting Key Words
Third Method: Standard Form of an Argument
Fourth Method: The Traditional Outline
Fifth Method: The Bubble Outline
Roll the Dice: Causal and Statistical Reasoning
Cause-and-Effect Reasoning
Arguments Based on Statistical Studies
Handling Claims, Drawing Inferences
Propositions Rules of Replacement for Ordinary Language
Formal Rules of Replacement Squ
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