Thinking Critically

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  • Edition: 9th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-12-26
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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Thinking Critically teaches the fundamental thinking, reasoning, reading, and writing abilities that students need for success. The text begins with basic skills related to personal experience and then carefully progresses to the more sophisticated reasoning skills required for abstract, academic contexts. The Ninth Edition maintains the hallmarks that make Thinking Critically an effective tool for both instructors and students. Each chapter provides an overview of an aspect of critical thinking, such as problem-solving, perception, and the nature of beliefs--all of which are reinforced by provocative readings and Thinking Activities for student review and practice. Visual Thinking features provide images for evaluation and discussion, while Thinking Passages present readings and questions for analysis. Exercises, discussion topics, and writing assignments encourage active participation and prompt students to critically examine others' thinking, as well as their own.

Table of Contents

Thinking Living an "Examined"
Life A Roadmap to Your Mind
Working Toward Goals Images
Decision-Making, and Thinking
About Visual Information
An Organized Approach to Making Decisions
Discovering "Who" You Are Living
Creatively Final Thoughts
Thinking Critically
Thinking Actively
Carefully Exploring
Situations with Questions
Thinking Independently
Viewing Situations from Different Perspectives
Supporting Diverse
Perspectives with Reasons and Evidence
Discussing Ideas in an Organized Way
Becoming a Critical Thinker
Analyzing Issues
Solving Problems
Thinking Critically About Problems
Introduction to Solving Problems
Solving Complex
Problems Solving
Nonpersonal Problems
Perceiving and Believing
Actively Selecting, Organizing, and Interpreting Sensations
Perceiving and Believing
Believing and Perceiving
Types of Beliefs: Report, Inferences, Judgments
Reporting Factual Information
Inferring Judging
Constructing Knowledge
Believing and Knowing
Knowledge and Truth
Thinking Critically About Your Beliefs
Using Perspective-Taking to Achieve
Knowledge Beliefs
Based on Indirect Experience
Evaluating Online Information
Final Thoughts
Language and Thought
The Evolution of Language
The Symbolic Nature of Language
Using Language Effectively
Using Language to Clarify
Thinking Using Language in Social Contexts
Using Language to Influence
Final Thoughts
Forming Applying Concepts
What Are Concepts?
The Structure of Concepts
Forming Concepts
Applying Concepts
Defining Concepts
Relating Concept with Mind Maps
Final Thoughts
Relating and Organizing
Chronological and Process
Relationships Comparative and Analogical
Relationships Causal
Relationships Final Thoughts
Thinking Critically About Moral Issues
What Is Ethics?
Your Moral Compass
The Thinker's Guide to Moral
Constructing Arguments
Recognizing Arguments
Evaluating Arguments
Understanding Deductive Arguments
Constructing Extended Arguments
Final Thoughts
Reasoning Critically
Inductive Reasoning
Empirical Generalization
Fallacies of False Generalization
Causal Reasoning
Causal Fallacies
Fallacies of Relevance
The Critical Thinker's
Guide to Reasoning
Thinking Critically, Living
Creatively Living a Life
Philosophy Deciding on a Career
Thinking Critically About
Personal Relationships
The Thinker's Guide to Healthy Relationships
Choosing the "Good Life"
Glossary Index
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