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Power of Critical Thinking : Effective Reasoning About Ordinary and Extraordinary Claims - 2nd edition

Power of Critical Thinking : Effective Reasoning About Ordinary and Extraordinary Claims (ISBN10: 0195320417; ISBN13: 9780195320411)
ISBN13: 978-0195320411
ISBN10: 0195320417

Summary: Enhanced by many innovative exercises, examples, and pedagogical features, The Power of Critical Thinking: Effective Reasoning About Ordinary and Extraordinary Claims , Second Edition, explores the essentials of critical reasoning, argumentation, logic, and argumentative essay writing while also incorporating material on important topics that most other texts leave out. Author Lewis Vaughn offers comprehensive treatments of core topics, including an introduction to clai morems and arguments, discussions of propositional and categorical logic, and full coverage of the basics of inductive reasoning. Building on this solid foundation, he also delves into areas neglected by other texts, adding extensive material on "inference to the best explanation" and on scientific reasoning; a thorough look at the evaluation of evidence and credibility; and a chapter on the psychological and social factors that can impede critical thinking. Additional notable elements are a chapter on moral reasoning, advice on how to evaluate Internet sources, and guidelines for evaluating occult, paranormal, or supernatural claims.

This unique text features a modular structure that allows instructors to teach the chapters in almost any order. Written in a student-friendly style and enhanced by humor where appropriate, it is ideal for courses in critical thinking, introduction to logic, informal logic, argumentative writing, and introduction to argumentation.

New to the Second Edition :

  • Full-color throughout and an expanded art program (37 more photos and illustrations)
  • A new writing module--an annotated sample student paper--and five additional essays for analysis
  • A new section on evaluating news reports and advertising
  • Timely discussions of intelligent design and population (nonintervention) studies
  • Expanded coverage of experts and authors and reasons to doubt their reliability
  • More "Field Problems" and exercise questions
  • Chapter objectives and key terms with definitions for each chapter less

Edition/Copyright: 2ND 07
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year Published: 2007
International: No

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