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Critical Thinking: The Art of Argument

Critical Thinking: The Art of Argument 2nd Edition

By: George W. Rainbolt Sandra L. Dwyer
ISBN-10: 1285197194
/ ISBN-13: 9781285969749
Edition: 2nd Edition
Language: English
				
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Introduction: How to Use This Book

    • Learning Outcomes
    • Key Terms, Key Forms, Key Concepts
    • Habits of a Critical Thinker
    • Technical Terms
    • Guides
    • Reference Guide

Ch 1: Critical Thinking and Arguments

    • Learning Outcomes
    • Introduction
    • What Is Critical Thinking?
    • What Is an Argument?
    • Why Think Critically?
    • Identifying Arguments
    • Things That Are Not Arguments
    • Putting Arguments into Standard Form
    • Main Arguments and Subarguments
    • Diagramming Arguments
    • Chapter Summary

Ch 2: What Makes a Good Argument?

    • Learning Outcomes
    • Introduction
    • The Two Characteristics of a Good Argument
    • True Premises
    • Proper Form
    • Deductive and Inductive Arguments
    • Relevance
    • Arguing about Arguments
    • Some Improper Forms: Fallacies of Relevance
    • Chapter Summary
    • Argument Forms Studied in the Chapter

Ch 3: Premises and Conclusions

    • Learning Outcomes
    • Introduction
    • Empirical Premises
    • Testimonal Premises
    • Definitional Premises
    • Statements by Experts
    • Conclusions
    • Chapter Summary

Ch 4: Language

    • Learning Outcomes
    • Introduction
    • Identifying Definitions
    • Evaluating Definitions
    • Language and Clarity
    • Language and Emotion
    • Chapter Summary
    • Argument Forms Studied in the Chapter

Ch 5: Propositional Arguments

    • Learning Outcomes
    • Introduction
    • Identifying Propositional Statements
    • Evaluating Propositional Arguments
    • Chapter Summary
    • Argument Forms Studied in the Chapter

Ch 6: Categorical Arguments

    • Learning Outcomes
    • Introduction
    • Identifying Categorical Statements
    • Evaluating Categorical Arguments with One Premise
    • Evaluating Categorical Arguments with Two Premises
    • Chapter Summary
    • Argument Forms Studied in the Chapter

Ch 7: Analogical Arguments

    • Learning Outcomes
    • Introduction
    • Identifying Analogical Arguments
    • Evaluating Analogical Arguments
    • Chapter Summary
    • Argument Forms Studied in the Chapter

Ch 8: Statistical Arguments

    • Learning Outcomes
    • Introduction
    • Descriptive Statistics
    • Identifying Statistical Arguments
    • Evaluating Statistical Arguments
    • Statistical Fallacies
    • Chapter Summary
    • Argument Forms Studied in the Chapter

Ch 9: Causal Arguments

    • Learning Outcomes
    • Introduction
    • The Many Meanings of “Cause”
    • Identifying Causal Arguments
    • Evaluating Causal Arguments
    • The Scientific Method
    • Chapter Summary
    • Argument Forms Studied in the Chapter

Ch 10: Moral Arguments

    • Learning Outcomes
    • Introduction
    • Identifying Moral Arguments
    • The Nature of Moral Arguments
    • Evaluating Moral Arguments
    • Moral Conflict
    • A Final Thought
    • Chapter Summary
    • Argument Forms Studied in the Chapter

Answers to Selected Exercises

Reference Guide

    • Summary Guide for Identifying, Standardizing, and Evaluating Arguments
    • Argument Forms Studied in Critical Thinking: The Art of Argument
    • Alphabetical List of Fallacies
    • Alphabetical List of Guides
    • Alphabetical List of Habits of a Critical Thinker

List of Citations

Index Including Key Terms

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