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A Practical Guide to Critical Thinking: Deciding What to Do and Believe

by David A. Hunter

Publisher: Wiley India Pvt. Ltd

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This book is an introduction to critical thinking across the curriculum. It is designed to introduce readers to the concepts, methods, and standards that are fundamental to critical thinking in a way that will be relevant and timely to their major course of study. The text covers the elements of critical thinking -- clarifying meanings, assessing reasons, and judging values -- in a way that makes contact with disciplines across the curriculum. More specifically, it broadens the concept of an argument from its philosophical roots to include experimentation, testing, measuring, policy development and assessment, and aesthetic appreciation (among others) as practices where critical thinking is needed. In addition to presenting practical techniques and methods for thinking critically about reasons and arguments wherever they are found, it also provides methods for thinking creatively about problems, solutions, and reasons. Chapter 1: The Nature and Value of Critical Thinking 1.1 The Nature of Critical Thinking. Exercise 1.1. 1.2 Critical Thinking and Knowledge. Exercise 1.2. 1.3 Critical Thinking and Personal Autonomy. 1.4 Mistakes to Avoid. 1.5 Practical Strategies. 1.6 From Theory to Practice: applying what we have been learning. Chapter 2 Clarifying Meaning 2.1 The Place of Definitions in Critical Thinking. 2.2 Assertion. 2.3 Constructing and Evaluating Definitions. 2.4 Thinking Critically about Frameworks. Exercise 2.4. 2.5 Clarifying Beliefs and Problems. Exercise 2.5. 2.6 Technical Definitions. 2.7 Meaning in Advertisements. Exercise 2.7. 2.8 Mistakes to Avoid. 2.9 Practical Strategies. 2.10 From Theory to Practice: applying what we have learned. Chapter 3 Sufficient Reasons 3.1 Critical Thinking and Arguments. Exercise 3.1. 3.2 Identifying Premises and Conclusions. Exercise 3.2. 3.3 Dependent and Independent Premises. 3.4 Sub-Arguments. Exercise 3.4. 3.5 Evaluating Logical Support. Exercise 3.5. 3.6 Missing Premises. Exercise 3.6. 3.7 Practical Strategies. 3.8 From theory to Practice: applying what we have learned. Chapter 4 Acceptable Reasons 4.1 Reliable Evidence. 4.2 Observation. 4.3 Memory. Exercise 4.3. 4.4 Testimony. Exercise 4.4. 4.5 Measurement. Exercise 4.5. 4.6 Mistakes to Avoid. 4.7 Practical Strategies. 4.8 From Theory to Practice: applying what we have learned. Chapter 5 Reasoning about Alternatives and about Necessary and Sufficient Conditions 5.1 Reasoning about Alternatives. Exercise 5.1 . 5.2 Reasoning about Necessary and Sufficient Conditions. 5.3 Reasoning with Definitions and Standards. 5.4 Reasoning about Causal Conditions. Exercise 5.4. 5.5 Mistakes to Avoid. 5.6 Practical Strategies. Chapter 6 Reasoning by Analogy 6.1 Reasoning by Analogy. Exercise 6.1. 6.2 Reasoning using Representational Analogy. Exercise 6.2. 6.3 Mistakes to Avoid. 6.4 From Theory to Practice: applying what we have learned. Chapter 7 Critical Thinking in Action 7.1 Thinking Critically about a Discipline. 7.2 Critical Thinking Questions. 7.3 Thinking Critically in your own Decision Making. 7.4 Thinking Critically in Discussion. 7.5 From Theory to Practice: applying what we have learned. Appendix A. Mistakes to Avoid Appendix B. Practical Strategies

Details of the book

Book :
A Practical Guide to Critical Thinking: Deciding What to Do and Believe
Book ID :
60977
Author :
David A. Hunter
ISBN 13 :
9788126537068
Year of Publication :
2012
Publisher :
Wiley India Pvt. Ltd
Binding :
Softcover
Pages :
280
Weight :
1 kg

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