Critical Thinking: Consider the Verdict / Edition 2

Critical Thinking: Consider the Verdict / Edition 2

by Bruce N. Waller
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Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference

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Critical Thinking: Consider the Verdict / Edition 2

Readers learn to analyze, understand, and construct the sound arguments that are vital to our lives as citizens and consumers, jurors and voters. The author also explains how to detect argument errors and deceptions.

The Fourth Edition features:

  • extensive new material throughout
  • an entirely new chapter on thinking critically with statistics
  • dozens of exercises from criminal and civil trials, Supreme Court decisions, and contemporary social debates.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780131776357
Publisher: Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference
Publication date: 12/28/1993
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 387
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.70(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.

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