Critical Thinking : Consider the Verdict
For undergraduate-level courses in Critical Thinking, Informal Logic, General Logic, and Critical Writing (typically taught by English Departments), as well as introductory or advanced argumentation courses.Organized around lively and authentic examples drawn from jury trials, contemporary political and social debate, and advertising, this introduction to critical thinking shows students not only how to detect fallacies, but also how to examine, appreciate, and construct cogent arguments. Accessible and reader friendly--yet thorough and rigorous--it shows them how to integrate all their logic skills into the critical decision-making process they undertake in their own lives as citizens and consumers.
- Paperback | 478 pages
- 175.3 x 231.1 x 10.2mm | 453.6g
- 24 Oct 2000
- Pearson Education (US)
- United States
- 4th edition
Table of contents
1. Introduction. 2. A Few Important Terms. 3. What's the Question? 4. Relevant and Irrelevant Reasons. 5. The Burden of Proof. 6. Analyzing Arguments. 7. Necessary and Sufficient Conditions. 8. Symbolic Sentential Logic. 9. Arguments about Classes. 10. Ad Hominem Arguments. 11. Appeal to Authority. Cumulative Exercises One (Chapters 1 through 11). 12. The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth. 13. Strawman, Slippery Slope, Dilemma, and Golden Mean Arguments: Their Use and Abuse. 14. Begging the Question. Cumulative Exercises Two (Chapters 1 through 14). 15. Arguments by Analogy. 16. Questions of Cause. Cumulative Exercises Three (Chapters 1 through 16). 17. Thinking Critically about Statistics. Consider Your Verdict: Comprehensive Critical Thinking in the Jury Room. Answers to Selected Exercises. Index.