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Pocket Guide to Critical Thinking in Economics

Pocket Guide to Critical Thinking in Economics - 05 edition

ISBN13: 978-0324275001

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ISBN13: 978-0324275001
ISBN10: 0324275005
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Publisher: South-Western Publishing Co.
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Pocket Guide to Critical Thinking in Economics - 05 edition

ISBN13: 978-0324275001

Richard L. Epstein and Carolyn Kernberger

ISBN13: 978-0324275001
ISBN10: 0324275005
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 05
Publisher: South-Western Publishing Co.

Published: 2005
International: No
Summary

This book is a summary and guide to the art of reasoning in economics and in everyday life, from one of the foremost authors and researchers in the field of critical thinking. Critical thinking is evaluating whether we should be convinced that some claim is true or some argument is good, as well as formulating good arguments. This book is meant to help students learn the basic skills of critical thinking and apply them to the basic study of economics.

Benefits :

  • Scientific Approach: Written by an expert in reasoning and critical thinking, this is the first such text designed to work specifically with economics courses.
  • Basic Skills of Critical Thinking: This text provides a very student-oriented and clear introduction to claims, arguments, analogies, models, experiments, generalizing, and cause and effect using examples and exercises geared specifically to the economics student. This text is meant to aid students' critical thinking skills as they work through their principles course.
  • Mastering Basic Skills: Critical thinking requires judgment developed through practice. The Guide to Critical Thinking in Economics includes 410 numbered examples- 256 of which are specific to economics, while 92 of those are direct quotations from economics journals and textbooks. These examples help the student see the theory, learn how to recognize instances of the theory and apply theory to reasoning.
  • Economic Modeling: A section that explores the way economic models are created comes in Chapter 5. By looking at the process of creating models, students learn how abstraction from data benefits economic analysis.
  • Self-Paced Presentation: The text is designed to be assigned to and used by students outside the classroom without taking precious lecture time away from economics studies.

Author Bio

Epstein, Richard L. : Advanced Reasoning Forum


Richard L. Epstein received his B.A. summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 1969, and his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1973. After writing two monographs and a research text in mathematics, he made accessible to undergraduates the mathematics, history, and philosophy of the theory of computable functions in his highly acclaimed undergraduate text COMPUTABILITY, written with Walter Carnielli. In the 1980s he began to work more in philosophy, and has published two volumes, PROPOSITIONAL LOGICS and PREDICATE LOGIC, in his series on the semantic foundations of formal logic. His new FIVE WAYS OF SAYING "THEREFORE": ARGUMENTS, PROOFS, CONDITIONALS, CAUSE AND EFFECT, EXPLANATIONS is a major unification of many areas of work in the foundations of reasoning. His text CRITICAL THINKING has been widely adopted to teach the fundamentals of reasoning to undergraduate students, along with his SCIENCE WORKBOOK FOR CRITICAL THINKING. He recently issued the second edition of the shorter POCKET GUIDE TO CRITICAL THINKING. He is currently working with Alex Raffi, the illustrator of Critical Thinking, on a book called AMERICAN GESTURES.Dr. Epstein is a founding member and head (G.A.) of the international organization Advanced Reasoning Forum . He continues to write both research and teaching texts, while walking his two dogs along the Rio Grande in Socorro, New Mexico.


Kernberger, Carolyn : Advanced Reasoning Forum

Carolyn Kernberger received her B.G.S. cum laude from New Mexico Tech and her M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language at the University of New Mexico. She has taught all levels of English in the United States, Japan, and at the College of Micronesia FSM, where she also taught Business Communications and was the Accreditation Officer.

Table of Contents

1. Claims.
2. Arguments.
3. Reasoning with Special Kinds of Claims.
4. Reasoning about Experience.
5. Explanations and Models.

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