Foundations of Critical Thinking

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The aim of this text is to provide an account of critical thinking using innovative stories and cases to teach everyday concepts of critical thinking. The text treats the subject of critical thinking as development of informal logic and includes treatments of the traditional informal fallacies, definitions, criteria, standards, and disputes. It also provides an introduction to traditional syllogistic logic and modern prepositional logic.

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Introduction: Critical Thinking and an Overview of What's to Come. 1. Introduction to Arguments. 2. Separating Good Arguments. 3. Terms. 4. Grounds of Inference I: Facts and Hypotheses. 5. Grounds of Inference II: Facts, Generalizations, and Principles Generalizations. 6. Grounds of Inference III: Analogies. 7. Grounds of Inference IV: Causal Reasoning. 8. Grounds of Inference V: Criteria and Standards. 9. The Subjects and Kinds of Disputes. 10. Negotiations and Resolutions. 11. Tactical Maneuvers. 12. Categorical Logic. 13. Propositional Logic I: Truth Functional. 14. Propositional Logic II: Determining Validity in Propositional Logic Truth Tables for Arguments. Appendix I: Spotting Arguments and Writing Argumentative Essays. Appendix II: Achieving Clarity Through Definitions. Appendix III: Informal Fallacies and Tactical Maneuvers. Appendix IV: Extended Exercises in the Examination of Reasoning.

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