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Pocket Guide to Critical Thinking

Pocket Guide to Critical Thinking - 3rd edition

ISBN13: 978-0534584290

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ISBN13: 978-0534584290
ISBN10: 0534584292
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Edition/Copyright: 3RD 06
Publisher: Wadsworth, Inc
Published: 2006
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Pocket Guide to Critical Thinking - 3RD 06 edition

ISBN13: 978-0534584290

Richard L. Epstein and Carolyn Kernberger

ISBN13: 978-0534584290
ISBN10: 0534584292
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 3RD 06
Publisher: Wadsworth, Inc

Published: 2006
International: No
Summary

Useful in academic courses and in everyday life, this short book is a summary and guide to the art of reasoning well. Epstein's CRITICAL THINKING set a new standard of pedagogical excellence and provided a well-integrated approach to the subject, and this text gives the same development pared down to the essentials. As well, the POCKET GUIDE contains sections on experiments, explanations, models, and theories.

Benefits:

  • NEW! New sections focusing on the evaluation or prescriptive (normative) claims and the analysis of moral claims, as well as a new section on the use and misuse of graphs enhance an already extensive array of topics.
  • NEW! Many new examples make the material more interesting and timely for students.
  • NEW! Carolyn Kernberger brings her expertise in teaching writing and language to collaborate on this edition.
  • Short chapters make for quick reading and allow for easy reference.
  • This brief yet comprehensive book lays all the fundamental concepts of how to reason well.
  • The chapters on experiments, generalizing, cause and effect, explanations, models, and theories make the book very useful as a supplement for courses in the behavioral and social sciences.

Table of Contents

1. CLAIMS.

Claims. Definitions. Concealed Claims.

2. ARGUMENTS.

Arguments. Evaluating Premises. Experiments. Repairing Arguments. Fallacies. Counterarguments.

3. REASONING WITH SPECIAL KINDS OF CLAIMS.

Compound Claims. General Claims. Prescriptive Claims.

4. REASONING ABOUT EXPERIENCE.

Analogies. Numbers. Graphs. Generalizing. Cause and Effect. Cause in Populations.

5. EXPLANATIONS, MODELS AND THEORIES.

Explanations. Models and Theories.

6. WRITING AND MAKING DECISIONS.

Writing Good Arguments. Making Decisions.

Index.

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