An Introduction to Critical Thinking and Creativity Think More, Think Better

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  • Copyright: 2011-04-19
  • Publisher: Wiley

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This book is about the basic principles that underlie critical thinking and creativity. The majority of the content is on critical thinking since more topics are naturally involved and since they can be discussed readily and systematically. The last few chapters are devoted to creativity and research methodology, not typical the book's plethora of competition. Each chapter introduces a specific topic, usually by introducing the relevant theories in conjunction with realistic examples that show how the theories can be applied. Each chapter concludes with a set of exercises whose solutions are detailed at the rear of the book. While the writing style is purposefully informal, the presentation is complete, at least with respect to the intended introductory level.

Author Biography

Joe Y. F. Lau, PHD, is Associate Professor of Philosophy at The University of Hong Kong. Dr. Lau teaches critical thinking, the philosophy of mind, and cognitive science. He has authored and coauthored numerous books and articles in philosophy, and he was awarded a university teaching fellowship for teaching excellence.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
Thinking and writing clearlyp. 11
Definitionsp. 21
Necessary and sufficient conditionsp. 33
Linguistic pitfallsp. 41
Truthp. 53
Basic logicp. 59
Identifying argumentsp. 69
Valid and sound argumentsp. 75
Inductive reasoningp. 87
Argument mappingp. 95
Argument analysisp. 107
Scientific reasoningp. 113
Mill's methodsp. 125
Reasoning about causationp. 133
Diagrams of causal processesp. 141
Statistics and probabilityp. 145
Thinking about valuesp. 159
Fallaciesp. 173
Cognitive biasesp. 185
Analogical reasoningp. 195
Making rational decisionsp. 201
What is creativity?p. 215
Creative thinking habitsp. 223
Solutions to exercisesp. 233
Bibliographyp. 256
Indexp. 261
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