Becoming a Critical Thinker: A User-Friendly Manual / Edition 4

Becoming a Critical Thinker: A User-Friendly Manual / Edition 4

by Sherry Diestler
     
 

ISBN-10: 0131779982

ISBN-13: 9780131779983

Pub. Date: 08/23/2004

Publisher: Prentice Hall

/*2892B-3, 0-13-028922-1, Diestler, Sherry, Becoming a Critical Thinker: A User Friendly Manual, 3/E*/ This book trains readers 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,…  See more details below

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/*2892B-3, 0-13-028922-1, Diestler, Sherry, Becoming a Critical Thinker: A User Friendly Manual, 3/E*/ This book trains readers 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 concepts cover the basic principles of logic, rhetoric, and argumentation; persuasive speaking; and media literacy. The use of editorial essays and articles offer a wide variety of perspectives, political viewpoints, and ethical concerns from diverse political, social, professional, and personal sources. For everyone who thinks — and wants to learn to do so more critically.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780131779983
Publisher:
Prentice Hall
Publication date:
08/23/2004
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.92(w) x 9.12(h) x 0.86(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
1Foundations of Arguments: What Is a Critical Thinker and When Do You Need to Be One?1
2Value Assumptions and Ethics: What Price Ethics and Can You Afford Not to Pay?23
3Reality Assumptions: It's Eleven O'Clock: Do You Know Where Your Assumptions Are?69
4Inductive Arguments: Statistical and Causal Generalizations: Prove It to Me. What Are the Statistics?121
5Inductive Generalizations: Controlled Studies, Expert Testimony, and Analogies: Who Said So? And Who Are They Anyway?171
6Reasoning Errors: I Know What I Think. Don't Confuse Me with Facts223
7The Power of Language: Talk Is Not Cheap. So Who Pays for It?263
8Suggestion in Media: Is What You See What You Get? Do You Really Want It?309
9Fairmindedness: It's You and Me, Kid, and I'm Not So Sure About You355
10Persuasive Speaking: What's Your Point? How Do You Sharpen It?397
Glossary430
Index435

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