Critical Thinking: Consider the Verdict / Edition 5

Critical Thinking: Consider the Verdict / Edition 5

by Bruce N. Waller
     
 

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

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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

Preface
1Introduction1
2A Few Important Terms10
3What's the Question?22
4Relevant and Irrelevant Reasons30
5The Burden of Proof46
6Analyzing Arguments59
7Necessary and Sufficient Conditions82
8Symbolic Sentential Logic110
9Arguments about Classes146
10Ad Hominem Arguments176
11Appeal to Authority205
12The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth219
13Strawman, Slippery Slope, Dilemma, and Golden Mean Arguments: Their Use and Abuse245
14Begging the Question274
15Arguments by Analogy289
16Questions of Cause328
Cumulative Exercises One (Chapters 1 through 11)343
Cumulative Exercises Two (Chapters 1 through 14)348
Cumulative Exercises Three (Chapters 1 through 16)360
Consider Your Verdict: Comprehensive Critical Thinking in the Jury Room376
Answers to Selected Exercises404
Index429

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