Invitation To Critical Thinking

Paperback | December 19, 2006

byJoel Rudinow, Vincent Barry, Mark Letteri

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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.

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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 effecti...

Format: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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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