Critical Thinking: An Introduction to Analytical Reading and Reasoning

Oxford University Press (2001)
Abstract
Extensively classroom-tested, Critical Thinking: An Introduction to Analytical Reading and Reasoning provides a non-technical vocabulary and analytic apparatus that guide students in identifying and articulating the central patterns found in reasoning and in expository writing more generally. Understanding these patterns of reasoning helps students to better analyze, evaluate, and construct arguments and to more easily comprehend the full range of everyday arguments found in ordinary journalism. Critical Thinking distinguishes itself from other texts in the field by emphasizing analytical reading as an essential skill. It also provides detailed coverage of argument analysis, diagnostic arguments, diagnostic patterns, and fallacies. Opening with two chapters on analytical reading that help students recognize what makes reasoning explicitly different from other expository activities, the text then presents an interrogative model of argument to guide them in the analysis and evaluation of reasoning. This model allows a detailed articulation of "inference to the best explanation" and gives students a view of the pervasiveness of this form of reasoning. The author demonstrates how many common argument types--from correlations to sampling--can be analyzed using this articulated form. He then extends the model to deal with several predictive and normative arguments and to display the value of the fallacy vocabulary. Designed for introductory courses in critical thinking, critical reasoning, informal logic, and inductive reasoning, Critical Thinking features hundreds of exercises throughout and includes worked-out solutions and additional exercises (without solutions) at the end of each chapter. An Instructor's Manual, including solutions to the text's unanswered exercises and featuring other pedagogical aids, is available.
Keywords Critical thinking
Categories (categorize this paper)
Reprint years 2016
Buy the book $1.74 used (98% off)   $23.78 direct from Amazon (66% off)   $40.95 new (40% off)    Amazon page
Call number B809.2.W75 2001
ISBN(s) 0195130332   9780199796229
Options
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
Edit this record
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Mark as duplicate
Request removal from index
Revision history
Download options
Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 30,798
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA
A Theoretical Framework for Patient-Reported Outcome Measures.Leah McClimans - 2010 - Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 31 (3):225-240.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
Added to PP index
2009-01-28

Total downloads
4 ( #662,799 of 2,199,759 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #300,203 of 2,199,759 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads
My notes
Sign in to use this feature