Critical Thinking: Consider the Verdict / Edition 5

Critical Thinking: Consider the Verdict / Edition 5

by Bruce N. Waller
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0131896660

ISBN-13: 9780131896666

Pub. Date: 06/04/2004

Publisher: Prentice Hall

This introduction to critical thinking teaches individuals how to integrate all their logic skills into the critical decision-making process they undertake in their own lives as citizens and consumers.

Organized around lively and authentic examples drawn from jury trials, contemporary political and social debate, and advertising, the book discusses not only how

Overview

This introduction to critical thinking teaches individuals how to integrate all their logic skills into the critical decision-making process they undertake in their own lives as citizens and consumers.

Organized around lively and authentic examples drawn from jury trials, contemporary political and social debate, and advertising, the book discusses not only how to detect fallacies, but also how to examine, appreciate, and construct cogent arguments.

For a lifetime of thinking critically and creating arguments about any and all of life's controversies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780131896666
Publisher:
Prentice Hall
Publication date:
06/04/2004
Edition description:
5TH
Pages:
504
Product dimensions:
7.01(w) x 9.24(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction.
2. A Few Important Terms.
3. What's the Question?
4. Relevant and Irrelevant Reasons.
5. The Burden of Proof.
6. Analyzing Arguments.
7. Necessary and Sufficient Conditions.
8. Symbolic Sentential Logic.
9. Arguments about Classes.
10. Ad Hominem Arguments.
11. Appeal to Authority.
Cumulative Exercises One (Chapters 1 through 11).
12. The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth.
13. Strawman, Slippery Slope, Dilemma, and Golden Mean Arguments: Their Use and Abuse.
14. Begging the Question.
Cumulative Exercises Two (Chapters 1 through 14).
15. Arguments by Analogy.
16. Questions of Cause.
Cumulative Exercises Three (Chapters 1 through 16).
17. Thinking Critically about Statistics.
Consider Your Verdict: Comprehensive Critical Thinking in the Jury Room.
Answers to Selected Exercises.
Index.

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