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The Power of Critical Thinking: Effective Reasoning about Ordinary and Extraordinary Claims

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780199856671
Author(s): Lewis Vaughn
Format: Paperback
Year: 2012
Edition: 4th
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Dimensions: 203 x 251 x 25 (w x l x h)
Pages: 604

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The Power of Critical Thinking: Effective Reasoning About Ordinary and Extraordinary Claims explores the essentials of critical reasoning, argumentation, logic, and argumentative essay writing while also incorporating important topics that most other texts leave out, such as "inference to the best explanation," scientific reasoning, evidence and authority, visual reasoning, and obstacles to critical thinking.
The text integrates many pedagogical features, including hundreds of diverse exercises, examples, and illustrations; text boxes that apply critical thinking to student experience; step-by-step guidelines for evaluating claims, arguments, and explanations; a glossary of important terms; and many reminders, summaries, and review notes.
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Nine new "Essays for Analysis," arranged in a pro/con format, on current, compelling topics including homosexuality, feminists and pornography, adultery, airport security screenings, women in Afghanistan, Islamic extremists and free speech, and fear of vaccinesNew discussions of legal reasoning, rhetorical ploys, informal fallacies, probability and statistics, and necessary and sufficient conditionsNew text boxes on the straw man fallacy, biased opinion polls, dishonest political discourse, and gut reactions and intuitionsClearer discussions of scientific conservatism in
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