Higher Education

Open Minds and Everyday Reasoning, 2nd Edition

  • Zachary P. Seech Palomar College
  • ISBN-10: 0534613489  |  ISBN-13: 9780534613488
  • 304 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 1993
  • © 2005 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $118.25

About

Overview

OPEN MINDS AND EVERYDAY REASONING is among the most practically minded critical thinking texts available today. Structured around clear, compelling questions, such as "Do I have an open mind?" "Am I being clear?" and "Is my reasoning good?," this book assists students to analyze the manners of thinking they employ daily. Beginning with a discussion of opening closed minds--indeed a precursor of any rational argumentation--and continuing through coverage of argument construction, critical analysis, and fallacies, the student is prepared to explore "reason in action" in the final part of the book, examining basic inductive reasoning patterns and how to make those "difficult decisions" in life.

Table of Contents

Part One: DO I HAVE AN OPEN MIND?
1. Recognizing Closed Minds.
2. Opening Closed Minds.
Part Two: AM I BEING CLEAR?
3. Saying What You Mean.
4. Presenting Orderly Thoughts.
5. Basic Mapping.
Part Three: IS MY REASONING GOOD?
6. Constructing Good Reasoning.
7. Recognizing Fallacies.
8. Recognizing Other Kinds of Faulty Reasoning.
9. Evaluative Mapping.
Part Four: REASONS IN ACTION.
10. Writing to Make a Point.
11. Working with Hypotheses and Statistics.
12. Making Difficult Decisions.
Answer Key for Practice Activities.
Bibliography.
Index.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Zachary P. Seech

Zachary Seech is the coordinator of the philosophy program at Palomar College. He is also the author of OPEN MINDS AND EVERYDAY REASONING, 2e, published by Wadsworth.