Invitation To Critical Thinking by Joel RudinowInvitation To Critical Thinking by Joel Rudinow

Invitation To Critical Thinking

byJoel Rudinow, Vincent Barry, Mark Letteri

Paperback | December 19, 2006

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With the guidance of this internationally acclaimed text, you'll enhance your abilities to use critical thinking - a set of conceptual tools with associated skills and strategies for making reasonable decisions about what to do or believe - in your daily life. Whether you're analyzing the soundness of a media report, writing an effective paper, or simply problem confronting everyday issues, Invitation to Critical Thinking introduces you to a wide variety of strategies that will help guide your way.
Joel Rudinow received his B.A. in Philosophy from the University of California at Santa Barbara and his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of British Columbia. He has held faculty appointments at the University of Western Ontario, Dartmouth College, and Sonoma State University. He is currently Chair of the Department of Philosophy...
Title:Invitation To Critical ThinkingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 9.6 × 7.7 × 0.6 inPublished:December 19, 2006Publisher:Nelson College IndigenousLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0176251472

ISBN - 13:9780176251475

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Table of Contents

Unit One: The Basics Chapter 1: Critical Thinking The Importance of Critical Thinking What Is Critical Thinking? Obstacles to Critical Thinking Looking Ahead: Issues and Disputes Chapter 2: Language What Is Language? Functions of Language Meaning in Language Definitions Unit Two: Argument Chapter 3: Argument Identification Argument Identification Argument Analysis Chapter 4: Argument Analysis I: Representing Argument Structure The Goal of Argument Analysis Elementary Procedures Intermediate Challenges Chapter 5: Argument Analysis II: Paraphrasing Arguments Paraphrasing Advanced Applications Practice, Practice, and More Practice Unit Three: Deductive Reasoning Chapter 6: Evaluating Deductive Arguments I: Categorical Logic Deductive and Inductive Reasoning Argument Form Categorical Logic Chapter 7: Evaluating Deductive Arguments II: Truth Functional Logic Truth Functional Analysis of Logical Operators Argument Forms Testing for Validity with Truth Tables Unit Four: Inductive Reasoning Chapter 8: Evaluating Inductive Arguments I: Generalization and Analogy Assessing Inductive Strength Reasoning by Analogy Chapter 9: Evaluating Inductive Arguments II: Hypothetical Reasoning and Burden of Proof Presumption and the "Burden of Proof" Reasoning Hypothetically Unit Five: Evaluating Whole Arguments Chapter 10: Evaluating Premises: Self-evidence, Consistency, Indirect Proof Necessary Truths Contingent Claims Beyond "Self-Evidence" Chapter 11: Informal Fallacies I: Language, Relevance, Authority Fallacies of Language Fallacies of Relevance Fallacious Appeals to Authority Chapter 12: Informal Fallacies II: Assumptions and Induction Fallacious Assumptions Fallacies of Induction A Final Word of Caution Chapter 13: Making Your Case: Argumentative Composition The Issue Statement Research and the Media The Thesis Statement Argument Design The Presentation