Critical Thinking An Introduction to the Basic Skills

ISBN-10: 1551112515

ISBN-13: 9781551112510

Edition: 3rd 2000 (Revised)

Authors: William Hughes

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List price: $26.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Broadview Press
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 377
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Reasoning and Critical Thinking
The Concept of Logical Strength
Truth, Logical Strength and Soundness
Critical Thinking Skills
Critical Thinking and the Science of Logic
Self-Test No. 1
Questions for Discussion
Meaning and Definition
The Complexity of Language
The Meaning of Language
The Main Functions of Language
Self-Test No. 2
Questions for Discussion
The Purposes of Definition
Methods of Definition
Assessing Reportive Definitions
Assessing Stipulative and Essentialist Definitions
A Warning
Self-Test No. 3
Questions for Discussion
Clarifying Meaning
The Principle of Charity
Linguistic Ambiguity
Self-Test No. 4
Analytic, Contradictory and Synthetic Statements
Self-Test No. 5
Descriptive and Evaluative Meaning
Self-Test No. 6
Necessary and Sufficient Conditions
Self-Test No. 7
Questions for Discussion
Reconstructing Arguments
Missing Premises and Conclusions
Self-Test No. 8
Near Arguments
Self-Test No. 9
The Structure of Arguments
Self-Test No. 10
Another Warning
Questions for Discussion
Strategies for Assessing Arguments
The Fallacies Approach
The Criterial Approach
Seven Rules for Assessing Arguments
Assessing Truth Claims
Theories of Truth
Types of Truth Claims
Self-Test No. 11
Questions for Discussion
Assessing The Acceptability of Premises
Some Particular Fallacies
Self-Test No. 12
Questions for Discussion
Assessing Relevance
The Criterion of Relevance
Recognizing Irrelevant Premises
Appeals To Authority (I)
Some Particular Fallacies
Self-Test No. 13
Questions for Discussion
Assessing Adequacy
The Criterion of Adequacy
Appeals to Authority (2)
Analogical Reasoning
Appeals to Ignorance
The Slippery Slope Fallacy
Causal Fallacies
Self-Test No. 14
Questions for Discussion
Deductive Reasoning
The Nature of Deductive Reasoning
Truth-Functional Statements
Formal Validity and Soundness
Valid Argument Forms
Formal Invalidity
Self-Test No. 15
Questions for Discussion
Inductive Reasoning
The Nature of Inductive Reasoning
Inductive Generalization
Statistical Syllogism
Induction By Confirmation
Self-Test No. 16
Questions for Discussion
Moral Reasoning
Moral Judgments and Judgments of Taste
Moral Justification
Appeals to Principles of Right and Wrong
Self-Test No. 17
Questions for Discussion
Appeals To Consequences
Self-Test No. 18
Questions for Discussion
Rational Agreement
Moral Maturity
Questions for Discussion
Arguing Back
Explaining the Weakness
Absurd Examples
Self-Test No. 19
Questions for Discussion
Irrational Techniques of Persuasion
Loaded Terms
Vague Terms
Loaded Questions
False Confidence
Misleading Statistics
Red Herring
Guilt By Association
Persuasive Redefinition
Self-Test No. 20
Questions for Discussion
Critiquing the Media
Determining Bias
Is Objective Reporting Possible?
How to Assess News Reports
Another Warning
Questions for Discussion
Writing and Assessing Argumentative Essays
Writing Argumentative Essays: Structure
Writing Argumentative Essays: Style
Assessing Argumentative Essays
Assessing a Sample Argumentative Essay
Question for Discussion
Paradoxes and Puzzles
App. II: Answers to Self-Tests
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