Becoming a Critical Thinker / Edition 5

Becoming a Critical Thinker / Edition 5

by Sherry Diestler
     
 

This book trains students to distinguish high-quality, well-supported arguments from arguments with little or no evidence to support them. It develops the skills required to effectively evaluate the many claims facing them as citizens, learners, consumers, and human beings, and also to be effective advocates for their beliefs.

Chapter topics include the

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Overview

This book trains students to distinguish high-quality, well-supported arguments from arguments with little or no evidence to support them. It develops the skills required to effectively evaluate the many claims facing them as citizens, learners, consumers, and human beings, and also to be effective advocates for their beliefs.

Chapter topics include the foundations of arguments, reality and value assumptions and ethics, inductive arguments and generalizations, reasoning errors, the power of language, media literacy, fairmindedness, and persuasive speaking.

For critical thinkers who want to be discerning about the messages they read or hear; make decisions based on careful consideration of both facts and values; be alert to distortion in reporting and advertising; and, defend their own viewpoints.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780132413138
Publisher:
Prentice Hall
Publication date:
01/11/2008
Series:
MySearchLab Series 15% off Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

1 Foundations of Arguments

What Is a Critical Thinker and When Do You Need to Be One

2 Values and Ethics

What Price Ethics and Can You Afford Not to Pay?

3 Reality Assumptions

It’s Eleven O’Clock. Do You Know Where Your Assumptions Are?

4 Inductive Arguments: Statistical And Causal Generalizations

Prove It to me: What Are the Statistics?

5 Inductive Generalizations: Controlled Studies and Analogies

Who Said So? And Who Are They Anyway?

6 Reasoning Errors

I Know What I Think–Don’t Confuse Me with Facts

7 The Power of Language

What’s in a Name?

8 Suggestion in Media

Is What You See What You Get? Do You Really Want It?

9 Fair-Mindedness

It’s You and Me, Kid, and I’m Not So Sure About You

10 Persuasive Speaking

What’s Your Point? How Do You Sharpen It?

Glossary

Index

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