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Critical Thinking

by Prentice Hall

  • ISBN: 9780133747119
  • ISBN10: 0133747115

Critical Thinking

by Prentice Hall

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  • Binding: Paperback
  • Edition: 1
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publish date: 08/01/1995
  • ISBN: 9780133747119
  • ISBN10: 0133747115
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Description: 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. Interpretation of Data: Tables, Graphs, and Correlations. Check- Up 10C. Suggested Answers for Chapter 10. 11. Making Value Judgements. The Distinction Between Value Statements and Factual Statements. Loose Derivation from Principles and Factual Statements. Summary. Sheck-Up 11A. Facts About the past: Future Consequences. Weighing Reasons. FRISCO. Writing a Value Argument. Summary. Check-Up 11B. Relativism. Check-Up 11C. Suggested Answers for Chapter 11. 12. Reported Definition and Definition Forms. Reported Definition. Check-Up 12A. The Classification Definition Form. Check-Up 12B. Some Alternatives to Classification Definition. Using Definitions in Your Writing. Check-Up 12C. Suggested Answers for Chapter 12. 13. Arbitrary Stipulative Definition, Positional Definition, and Definition Strategy. Arbitrary Stipulative Definition and Positional Definition. Check-Up 13A. Definitional Strategy. Summary. Check-Up 13B. Writing That Consciously Takes Account of Definitional Activities. Check-Up 13C. Suggested Answers for Chapter 13. 14. Applying Critical Thinking: FRISCO, Overview, and Critical Thinking in Conversation and Presentation. Broad Critical Thinking Elements: FRISCO. Check-Ups. Check-Up 14A. Thinking Critically When Discussing Things with Others. Check-Up 14B. Check-Up 14C. Check-Up 14D. Summary. Suggested Answers for Chapter 14. You Have Reached the End of This Book. Epilogue. Glossary. Index.
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