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Unique in perspective, this book provides a general approach to critical thinking skills that can be applied to all disciplines. With an emphasis on writing, as well as on deciding what to believe or do, it offers extended discussions, examples, and practice of such skills as observing, making judgments, planning experiments, and developing ideas and alternatives.
1. Introduction: Decision and Argument.
2. Argument Analysis: Identifying Conclusions and Reasons.
3. The Credibility of Sources.
5. Deduction: Class Logic.
6. Deduction: Propositional Logic.
7. Applications of Deductive Logic: Necessary and Sufficient Conditions, Straight Deduction, Loose Derivation, and Assumption Attribution.
8. Experimentation, Diagnosis, and Troubleshooting.
9. Best-Explanation and Causal Inference: Argument and Writing Strategy.
10. Generalization: Meaning, Sampling, Typicality, Tables, Graphs, and Correlations.
11. Making Value Judgements.
12. Reported Definition and Definition Forms.
13. Arbitrary Stipulative Definition, Positional Definition, and Definition Strategy.
14. Applying Critical Thinking: FRISCO, Overview, and Critical Thinking in Conversation and Presentation.
ISBN: 9780133747119 ISBN-10: 0133747115 Audience:
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 432 Published: 18th September 1995 Country of Publication: US Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 18.42
Weight (kg): 0.72
Edition Number: 1