Critical Thinking: A User's Manual, 1st Edition

  • Debra Jackson California State University Bakersfield
  • Paul Newberry California State University Bakersfield
  • ISBN-10: 0495814075
  • ISBN-13: 9780495814078
  • 368 Pages Paperback 
  • © 2012 | Published
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CRITICAL THINKING: A USER'S MANUAL offers an innovative skill-based approach to critical thinking that provides step-by-step tools for learning to evaluate arguments. Students build a complete skill set by recognizing, analyzing, diagramming, and evaluating arguments; later chapters encourage application of the basic skills to categorical, truth-functional, analogical, generalization, and causal arguments as well as fallacies. The exercises throughout the text engage readers in active learning, integrate writing as part of the critical thinking process, and emphasize skill transference. A special feature, called Your Turn! encourages students to not just skim through the book's explanations, but stop, think, and apply what they are learning. CRITICAL THINKING: A USER'S MANUAL offers multiple opportunities for different kinds of practice and options for appealing to different learning styles. The quantity and variety of exercises allow for group work, reflection and application, and writing practice as well as traditional homework exercises. Aplia, an online homework solution that increases student effort and engagement, is available as an option with this text to provide additional critical thinking practice with immediate feedback to reinforce the skills students are building in class.


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  • The skill-building approach employed in CRITICAL THINKING: A USER’S MANUAL helps students to cumulatively develop the basic skills of argument recognition, analysis, and evaluation.
  • Clear, conversational, step-by-step explanations and workbook-style features make complex course material manageable and accessible. Multiple opportunities for practice in a variety of formats ensure that students apply what they have learned, regardless of their dominant learning style. Aplia provides online homework with automatic grading and immediate feedback.
  • The "Putting it All Together" feature at the end of each chapter provides a comprehensive writing exercise which requires students to integrate all previously learned skills with those learned in that chapter.
  • "Your Turn!" exercises are interspersed throughout the text to help students focus their reading, check their understanding, and prepare for classroom discussion. These activities help students to apply, synthesize, and analyze what they are learning in terms of their own understanding and experiences.
  • Students are introduced to Bloom's Taxonomy early in the text, and are shown throughout the book how they are developing the higher-order thinking skills identified in the upper levels of the taxonomy.

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Table of Contents

Preface.
Acknowledgements.
1. GETTING STARTED.
Using Critical Thinking in the Classroom. Using Critical Thinking in the Workplace. Using Critical Thinking in the Martketplace. Forging an Examined Life. Developing Critical Thinking Skills.
2. RECOGNIZING ARGUMENTS.
Identifying Claims. Counting Claims. Distinguishing Arguments from Explanations.
Distinguishing Arguments from Other Non-Arguments. Putting it All Together: Recognizing Arguments.
3. ANALYZING ARGUMENTS.
Analyzing Arguments with Inference Indicators. Analyzing Arguments without Inference Indicators. Analyzing Arguments with Extra Claims. Analyzing Arguments with Unstated Conclusions. Analyzing Arguments with Implied Claims. Analyzing Multiple Arguments
Putting it All Together: Writing a Basic Analysis.
4. DIAGRAMMING ARGUMENTS.
Diagramming Arguments. Utilizing Inference Indicators. Diagramming Arguments with Unstated Conclusions. Diagramming Arguments with Implied Claims. Diagramming Multiple Arguments. Checking Your Work. Diagramming Extended Arguments. Putting it All Together: A Basic Analysis with Argument Diagram.
5. DETECTING FALLICIES.
Begging the Question. Appeal to Ignorance. Appeal to Illegitimate Authority. Ad Hominem
Strawman. Red Herring. Putting it All Together: A Basic Analysis plus Fallacy Identification.
6. PREPARING TO EVALUATE ARGUMENTS.
Distinguishing Two Styles of Reasoning. Distinguishing Two Kinds of Deductive Arguments. Distinguishing Three Kinds of Inductive Arguments. Choosing Proper Evaluative Terms. Putting it All Together: Writing a Complete Analysis.
7. EVALUATING CATEGORICAL ARGUMENTS.
Recognizing Categorical Claims. Translating Categorical Claims. Recognizing Categorical Arguments. Analyzing Categorical Arguments. Evaluating Categorical Syllogisms. Using Venn Diagrams to Determine Validity. Using Rules to Determine Validity. Using Rules to Complete Categorical Arguments. Putting it All Together: A Complete Analysis plus Evaluation.
8. EVALUATING TRUTH-FUNCTIONAL ARGUMENTS.
Recognizing Truth-Functional Claims. Translating Truth-Functional Claims. Using Proper Punctuation. Analyzing Truth-Functional Arguments. Identifying Argument Forms to Determine Validity. Applying Truth-Functional Definitions. Using the Truth Table Method to Determine Validity. Using the Shortcut Method to Determine Validity. Putting it All Together: A Complete Analysis plus Evaluation.
9. EVALUATING ANALOGICAL ARGUMENTS.
Recognizing Analogical Arguments. Analyzing Analogical Arguments. Evaluating the Evidence for the Analogy. Evaluating the Relevance of the Analogy. Putting it All Together: A Complete Analysis plus Evaluation.
10. EVALUATING INDUCTIVE GENERALIZATIONS.
Recognizing Inductive Generalizations. Analyzing Inductive Generalizations. Evaluating the Randomness of the Sample. Evaluating the Sample Size. Putting it All Together: A Complete Analysis plus Evaluation.
11. EVALUATING CAUSAL ARGUMENTS.
Recognizing Causal Arguments. Analyzing Causal Arguments. Evaluating Causal Arguments. Putting it All Together: A Complete Analysis plus Evaluation.
12. CONSTRUCTING ARGUMENTS.
Formulating Your Argument. Introducing Your Argument. Supporting Your Conclusion. Considering Objections. Summarizing Your Argument. Citing Your Sources.
A1: Answers to Selected Exercises.
A2: Glossary.
A3: Index.

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Meet the Author

About the Author

Debra Jackson

Dr. Debra Jackson has taught at CSU Bakersfield since 2002 and has been tenure-track faculty since 2005. She completed her PhD in Philosophy with a minor in Women's Studies at Purdue University in 2002.

Paul Newberry

Dr. Paul Newberry received his PhD from Claremont Graduate University. He is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Cal State Bakersfield and served on the faculty task force that helped develop the CSUB general education assessment plan and co-directed the first critical thinking assessment.

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