Critical Thinking: An Introduction to Reasoning Well / Edition 1

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Critical Thinking: An Introduction to Reasoning Well provides a concise and accessible introduction to logic and critical reasoning. Designed specifically to meet the needs of undergraduate students encountering philosophical logic and critical thinking for the first time, this comprehensive textbook covers all the themes and topics typically covered in an introductory course. Topics covered include: 

•the structure, formation, analysis and recognition of arguments
•deductive validity and soundness
•inductive strength and cogency
•inference to the best explanation
•truth tables
•tools for argument assessment
•informal and formal fallacies

Designed for classroom use, the book features a host of student-friendly exercises, examples, study questions, diagrams, and suggestions for further reading. Ideal for undergraduate students in philosophy and beyond, it also includes full coverage of the reasoning problems typically found on graduate school entrance exams. Guiding students to all the skills and tools necessary for effective critical thinking, the text is supplemented throughout with real life examples that highlight the immense value of thinking critically.

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"…it is accurate and clearly written, and it employs a friendly, jovial style. There is a nice shape and organization to the book, and it probably makes for an average to above-average critical thinking textbook." - Carolyn Swanson, Teaching Philosophy
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826439512
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 4/28/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 570,746
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jamie Carlin Watson is an Assistant Professor at Young Harris College, USA. He has previously taught at Barry University, Florida A&M University and Florida State University.

Robert Arp, Ph.D. has previously taught philosophy at Florida State University, Southwest Minnesota State University, and University of Missouri-St. Louis. He is the author of Scenario Visualization: An Evolutionary Account of Creative Problem Solving (MIT Press, 2008) and co-author of Building Ontologies with Basic Formal Ontology (MIT Press, 2011).

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Table of Contents

Preface \ Part I: The Basics of Good Reasoning \ 1. The Basic Tools of Reasoning \ Chapter 2: Evaluating Arguments \ Part II: Deductive Reasoning \ 3. Categorical Logic \ 4. Basic Propositional Logic \ 5. Truth Tables \ 6. Rules of Inference \ Part III: Inductive Reasoning \ 7. Probability and Induction \ 8. Generalization, Analogy, and Causation \ 9. Inference to the Best Explanation \ 10. Informal Fallacies \ Part IV: Graduate School Entrance Exams \ 11. Reasoning on the GRE, LSAT, GMAT, and MCAT \ Index.

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