Thinking Critically / Edition 11

Thinking Critically / Edition 11

by John Chaffee
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Thinking Critically / Edition 11

Thinking Critically teaches the fundamental thinking, reasoning, reading, and writing abilities that students need for academic success. The text begins with basic skills related to personal experience and then carefully progresses to the more sophisticated reasoning skills required for abstract, academic contexts. Thinking Critically is designed to introduce students to the cognitive process while teaching them to develop their higher order thinking and language abilities. The book has a number of distinctive characteristics that make it an effective tool for both instructors and students. Exercises, discussion topics, and writing assignments encourage active participation, stimulating students to critically examine their own and others' thinking. Thinking Critically is a proven, classroom-tested vehicle for introducing students to the thinking process and helping them develop sophisticated critical-thinking and critical-literacy abilities.

  • New! Every aspect of the text has been revisited to bring critical thinking to bear on recent world events, including September 11 and response to terrorist activities.
  • New! Readings and activities explore topics such as the meaning of patriotism and how journalists balance national security concerns with reporting on breaking events.
  • New! More perspective-taking activities provide a global view on events in the U.S. and elsewhere.
  • New! Enhanced exploration of how critical thinking can improve one's personal relationships features readings from Judith Wallerstein's The Good Marriage and Robert Wright's The Moral Animal.
  • New! Updated technology material featuresincreased coverage of the Internet and evaluating electronic sources and web sites.
  • New! Text-specific web site features additional exercises from the Instructor's Resource Manual, a Glossary with links to relevant web sites (including, and additional support material for both students and faculty.
  • New! Tom Randall's Halloween Party (the Test of Critical Thinking Abilities found previously in the Instructor's Resource Manual) is now in interactive form on the student web site. It asks students to gather and weigh evidence, ask relevant questions, construct informed beliefs, evaluate expert testimony and summation arguments, reach a reasoned verdict, and view the entire case from a problem-solving perspective.
  • New! Expanded treatment of arguments and fallacies features more examples.
  • New! A Glossary of terms for writing and critical thinking has been added.
  • High-interest readings illustrate key concepts and stimulate students to develop their thinking abilities through critical reading and written analysis.
  • Practical, transferable skills focus on the major thinking and language abilities needed in all disciplines: problem solving, perceiving, forming concepts, mapping relationships, composing, reporting, inferring, judging, constructing arguments, and reasoning.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781285430119
Publisher: Cengage Learning
Publication date: 01/01/2014
Series: MindTap Course List Series
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 587
Sales rank: 713,131
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

John Chaffee, Ph.D., is a professor of philosophy at The City University of New York, where he has developed a Philosophy and Critical Thinking program that annually involves 25 faculty and 3,000 students. He is a nationally recognized figure in the area of critical thinking, having authored leading textbooks and many professional articles. He also has conducted numerous conference presentations and workshops throughout the country. In developing programs to teach people to think more effectively in all academic subjects and areas of life, Dr. Chaffee has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Ford Foundation, the Annenberg Foundation, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. He was selected as New York Educator of the Year and received the Distinguished Faculty Award for Diversity in Teaching in Higher Education.

Table of Contents

1. Thinking. 2. Thinking Critically. 3. Solving Problems. 4. Perceiving and Believing. 5. Constructing Knowledge. 6. Language and Thought. 7. Forming and Applying Concepts. 8. Relating and Organizing. 9. Thinking Critically about Moral Issues. 10. Constructing Arguments. 11. Reasoning Critically. 12. Thinking Critically, Living Creatively.

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