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In this new edition the authors have expanded on how to improve information acquisitions skills and recognize dubious claims, gravely important in this current climate of “fake news.” In addition, they have revised and expanded the distinction between subjective judgments and objective claims and revamped their explanation of inductive reasoning into four different types, introducing them in chapter 2 and further explaining them in chapter 11. This book is not about critical thinking as much as it is a book in critical thinking. The authors work to provide guided practice in what they and instructors think are the most important critical thinking skill sets for students.
CHAPTER 1: Driving Blindfolded
CHAPTER 2: Two Kinds of Reasoning
CHAPTER 3: Clear Thinking, Critical Thinking, and Clear Writing
CHAPTER 4: Credibility
CHAPTER 5: Rhetoric, the Art of Persuasion
CHAPTER 6: Relevance (Red Herring) Fallacies
CHAPTER 7: Induction Fallacies
CHAPTER 8: Formal Fallacies and Fallacies of Language
CHAPTER 9: Deductive Arguments I: Categorical Logic
CHAPTER 10: Deductive Arguments II: Truth-Functional Logic
CHAPTER 11: Inductive Reasoning
CHAPTER 12: Moral, Legal, and Aesthetic Reasoning
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