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  • ISBN: 9780133747119
  • ISBN10: 0133747115

Critical Thinking

by Prentice Hall

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  • Binding: Paperback
  • Edition: 1
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publish date: 08/01/1995
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1. Introduction: Decision and Argument. Argument. Check-Ups. Check-Up 1A. Six Basic Elements in Critical Thinking: The FRISCO Approach. Writing a Position Paper Using Critical Thinking. Responsibility for the Wise Exercise of Your Knowledge. Chapter Summary. Check-Up 1B. Suggested Answers for Chapter 1. 2. Argument Analysis: Identifying Conclusions and Reasons. The Murder Trial. Conclusions and Reasons. Check-Up 2A. Check-Up 2B. Propositions with Two or More Parts. Figuring Out the Conclusion. Since and Because in Explanations that Try to Account for Something. Summary So Far. Check-Up 2C. An Alternative: Diagramming the Whole Argument. Check-Up 2D. Suggested Answers for Chapter 2. 3. The Credibility of Sources. Four Basic Criteria for Credibility. Tabulating the Results. Check-Up 3A. Further Criteria. Check-Up 3B. Fallacy Labels. Chapter Summary. Check-Up 3C. Suggested Answers for Chapter 3. 4. Observation. Credibility Criteria. Conclusions Versus Observations. Check-Up 4A. The Process of Observing. Observation Reports. Check-Up 4B. Making an Overall Appraisal of an Observation Statement. Chapter Summary. Check-Up 4C. Suggested Answers for Chapter 4. 5. Deduction: Class Logic. Deductive Validity and Invalidity. Check-Up 5A. A Basic Circle System. Check-Up 5B. Check-Up 5C. Check-Up 5D. Suggested Answers for Chapter 5. 6. Deduction: Propositional Logic. Propositions. If-Then Reasoning. Summary. Check-Up 6A. Affirming and Denying the Antecedent and Consequent. Summary So Far. Check-Up 6B. Negation. Check-Up 6C. Saving Time with Letters. Check-Up 6D. Suggested Answers for Chapter 6. Conjunction, Alternation, and Embedded Complex Propositions. Check-Up 6E. 7. Applications of Deductive Logic: Necessary and Sufficient Conditions, Straight Deduction, Loose Derivation, and Assumption Attribution. Necessary and Sufficient Conditions. Soundness in Deductive Logic. Three Cases of Deduction in Context. Loose Derivation. Summary So Far. Check-Up 7A. Assumption Attribution and Identification. Check-Up 7B. Application of Deductive Logic in Writing Position Papers. The Distinction Between Needed and Used Implicit Assumptions in Real Situations. Summary. Check-Up 7C. Suggested Answers for Chapter 7. 8. Experimentation, Diagnosis, and Troubleshooting. Control Group Experimentation. Check-Up 8A. Systematic control of the Variables-Without Using a Separate Control Group. Check-Up 8B. Comparability. Summary so Far. Check-Up 8C. Experimental Reasoning Assumptions. The Reasoning Pattern in Rejecting Hypotheses. Accepting Hypotheses: Four Criteria. Summary so Far-and Comment. Check-Up 8D. Diagnosis or Troubleshooting. Check-Up 8E. Writing About Your Results. Check-Up 8F. Chapter Summary. Suggested Answers for Chapter 8. 9. Best-Explanation and Causal Inference: Argument and Writing Strategy. Best-Explanation Hypotheses. Check-Up 9A. Necessarily Following: Deductive Versus Best-Explanation Inference and General Argument Strategy. Check-up 9B. Causation. Check-Up 9C. Best-Explanation and Casual Reasoning in Position Papers and Other Argumentative Writings. Check-Up 9D. Suggested Answers for Chapter 9. 10. Generalization: Meaning, Sampling, Typicality, Tables, Graphs, and Correlations. Types of Generalizations. Check-up 10A. Sampling and Typicality. Check-Up 10B. Interpretati
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