Lively and jargon-free, this example-driven critical thinking text pays particular attention to fallacious reasoning as well as to the kinds of valid arguments that correspond to nearly every fallacy. The text provides detailed discussions of the types of correct argument and inference corresponding to each fallacy and offers a “Media Watch” section in each chapter.
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The text includes a brief, rudimentary introduction to basic critical reasoning skills, including how to read, understand, and paraphrase arguments, with instruction on how to assess an argument's strengths and weaknesses.
Issues of interpretation are emphasized throughout, including a chapter on how to read and distill arguments from everyday sources, such as letters to the editor and advertisements.
Provides detailed discussions of the types of correct argument and inference corresponding to each fallacy.
Each chapter contains a 'Media Watch' section, detailing critical discussions of the mass media.
'Conundrums,' or problems that challenge students' critical thinking skills, appear in boxes throughout the text.
The text features over 500 examples and exercises, most involving material from contemporary sources, with exercises that help students understand fallacies by constructing their own examples.
A useful instructor's manual suggests selected answers and gives supplementary exercises and quiz material.
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Book Description McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0072840897