The Power of Critical Thinking: Effective Reasoning About Ordinary and Extraordinary Claims / Edition 3

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Enhanced by many innovative exercise, examples, and pedagogical features, The Power of Critical Thinking: Effective Reasoning About Ordinary and Extraordinary Claims provides an introduction to the subject. Author Lewis Vaughn explores the essentials of critical reasoning, argumentation, logic, and argumentative essay writing while also incorporating material on important topics that most other texts leave out.
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"The Power of Critical Thinking is unique with its diverse collection of exercises--including field problems, writing exercises, and quizzes--which facilitate students' digestion of the material. I love the design. Both the photos and the art are helpful."--Stephen K. Ma, California State University, Los Angeles

"This book is very successful in its presentation of inference to the best explanation. It also does an excellent job of teaching writing skills along with critical-thinking skills. I highly recommend this text for its engaging writing style, clear layout, and variety of possible in-class and online exercises and assignments."--Carol McGury, DePaul University

"This is a very good text that covers the material clearly. So far this is the best such text I've seen."--Joseph Monast, Modesto Junior College

"Most importantly, this book provides well-organized skill-building exercises and resources that are essential to any critical-thinking class."--Marlisa Moschella, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195377927
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 10/9/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Lewis Vaughn is the author or coauthor of several books, including Philosophy Here and Now: Powerful Ideas in Everyday Life (2012), Contemporary Moral Arguments, Second Edition (2012), Great Philosophical Arguments (2011), Philosophy: The Quest for Truth, Eighth Edition (2011), and The Moral Life, Fourth Edition (2010), all published by Oxford University Press.

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Table of Contents

1 The power of critical thinking 3
2 The "environment" of critical thinking 32
3 Making sense of arguments 62
4 Reasons for belief and doubt 115
5 Faulty reasoning 155
6 Deductive reasoning : propositional logic 187
7 Deductive reasoning : categorical logic 219
8 Inductive reasoning 250
9 Inference to the best explanation 303
10 Judging scientific theories 347
11 Judging moral arguments and theories 399
App. A Essays for evaluation 423
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