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Good Arguments:An Introduction to Critical Thinking

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Titel:   Good Arguments:An Introduction to Critical Thinking
Reihe:   Prentice Hall
Autor:   Connie A. Missimer
Verlag:   Pearson
Einband:   Softcover
Auflage:   4
Sprache:   Englisch
Seiten:   224
Erschienen:   August 2004
ISBN13:   9780131845701
ISBN10:   0-13-184570-5

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Good Arguments:An Introduction to Critical Thinking

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For courses in Argumentative Writing, Critical Thinking, and Informal Logic.

This text proceeds from critical thinking in everyday life to sophisticated critical thinking in academic fields, with chapters which clearly outline the types of evidence in science, the social sciences, and the humanities. Unlike most other texts, it offers a clear description of critical thinking as the comparison of formulas of critical thinking.


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  • NEW - Consideration of alternative theories of critical thinking itself-Chapter 8.
    • Enables students to compare and contrast various theories.

  • NEW - Updated references and added Web links.
    • Allows students to access other sources and information on topics covered in the book.

  • NEW - More exercises.
    • Gives students additional opportunities to apply what they have learned.

  • Comprehensive, comprehendible coverage.
    • Gets students to think critically by showing them how to use the “lingua franca” of critical thinking across disciplines, and by showing them how their everyday thinking is tied to critical thinking.

  • Twelve basic features of critical thinking-Includes a step-by-step plan for building an argument.
    • Teaches students how to evaluate arguments.

  • Use of a house diagram throughout-Just as a well structured house will not collapse when tested, neither will a well structured argument.
    • Helps students visualize the structure of argument.

  • A multi-disciplinary approach-Features intriguing examples from across the curriculum.
    • Familiarizes students with an argument by a social historian about the use of the fork rather than one's fingers, and an argument on why people subject themselves to such punishment in many sports.

  • Lively, supportive tone.
    • Encourages and empathizes with students-an especially helpful feature when students are often intimidated by the term “critical thinking.”

  • Discussion of the nature of evidence-Across disciplines.
    • Provides students with a clear description of the three levels of evidence by which a person judges alternative arguments.

  • Focus on writing.
    • Gives students an entire chapter devoted to writing a research paper, as well as chapters on how to write a dialogue.

  • Deliberation vs. debate discussion.
    • Makes the proposal that deliberation is preferable to debate and offers a chapter on how to deliberate rather than debate.

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New to this Edition

  • NEW - Consideration of alternative theories of critical thinking itself-Chapter 8.
    • Enables students to compare and contrast various theories.

  • NEW - Updated references and added Web links.
    • Allows students to access other sources and information on topics covered in the book.

  • NEW - More exercises.
    • Gives students additional opportunities to apply what they have learned.

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Table of Contents



 1. Welcome to the Community of Thinkers.


 2. The Basics: Issue, Conclusion, and Reason.


 3. How to Create Alternative Arguments.


 4. Deciding to Accept an Argument: Compare the Evidence.


 5. Warranted Inference: Where Reasons and Conclusion Join.


 6. Other Connections: Assumptions and Implications.


 7. Prescriptions.


 8. Evaluating Alternative Arguments in Light of Their Evidence, and Theories of Critical Thinking Compared.


 9. How to Follow Complex Arguments.


10. Deliberations.


11. Experiment, Correlation, and Speculation.


12. Flimsy Structures.


13. Problem Solving by Way of Review.


14. The Dialogue: How to Construct Alternative Arguments.


15. The Research Paper: A Simple Guide.


Glossary.


Index.
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