Thinking Your Way to Freedom: A Guide to Owning Your Own Practical Reasoning

Thinking Your Way to Freedom: A Guide to Owning Your Own Practical Reasoning

by Susan T. Gardner, Dirk van Stralen
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1592138675

ISBN-13: 9781592138678

Pub. Date: 01/28/2009

Publisher: Temple University Press

Thinking Your Way to Freedom is a critical-thinking textbook with a difference. Rather than focusing exclusively on improving college students' academic achievement, Susan Gardner seeks to dramatically change how students think through issues that are important in their lives beyond school. Gardner created 66 original and entertaining comic strips-featuring her dogs,

Overview

Thinking Your Way to Freedom is a critical-thinking textbook with a difference. Rather than focusing exclusively on improving college students' academic achievement, Susan Gardner seeks to dramatically change how students think through issues that are important in their lives beyond school. Gardner created 66 original and entertaining comic strips-featuring her dogs, Diva and Ben-that add a light touch as they encourage intellectual and personal autonomy. Through a clear step-by-step method of practical reasoning, students are taught how to think impartially and how to neutralize invisible biases that limit their freedom of thought and action. With the help of Diva and Ben, readers learn to evaluate the strengths of arguments and to recognize fallacies, all the while avoiding the paralyzing effects of relativism.

Thinking Your Way to Freedom includes the writing of short essays so that students can improve their critical thinking and writing at the same time. A Teacher's Manual for this book will be available online.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592138678
Publisher:
Temple University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of Comics 
Acknowledgements 
Introduction

Part I: Theory 
Section 1. The Possibility of Freedom 
Section 2. Impartial Thinking

Part II: Practice 
Section 1. Learning the Intricacies of Practical Reasoning 
Section 2. Thinking and Writing Your Way to Truth

Appendix I: Answers to Exercises 
Appendix II: Analyzing Atguements 
Appendix III: Examples of Good Arguments 
Appendix IV: What "Good" and "Poor" Thinkers Look Like 
Appendix V: Answers to Pre-tests and Post-tests 
Notes 
Glossary 
Index

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