Critical Thinking: Consider the Verdict (6e) : 9780205158669

Critical Thinking: Consider the Verdict (6e)

Waller
 
Edition
 
6
ISBN
 
9780205158669
ISBN 10
 
0205158668
Published
 
11/07/2011
Published by
 
Pearson Higher Ed USA
Pages
 
480
Format
 
Available on demand
 
Title type
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$192.99
 
 
Title type
 
$65.00
 
 
Description

Integrating Logic Skills into the Critical Decision-Making Process

 

Organised around lively and authentic examples drawn from jury trials, contemporary political and social debate, and advertising, Critical Thinking: Consider the Verdict shows students how to detect fallacies and how to examine and construct cogent arguments. 

 

Accessible and reader friendly—yet thorough and rigorous—Critical Thinking: Consider the Verdict shows students how to integrate all logic skills into the critical decision-making process, and construct arguments from examples gained through the study of contemporary and historic debates, both legal and popular.

Table of contents
  • Chapter 1 Introduction
  • Chapter 2  A Few Important Terms
  • Chapter 3 Ad Hominem Arguments
  • Chapter 4 The Second Deadly Fallacy:  The Strawman Fallacy
  • Chapter 5 What’s the Question?     
  • Chapter 6 Relevant and Irrelevant Reasons      
  • Chapter 7 Analyzing Arguments
  • Chapter 8 The Burden of Proof      
  • Chapter 9  Language and its Pitfalls
  • Chapter 10  Appeal to Authority        
  • Cumulative Exercises One          
    (Chapters 1 through 10)
  • Chapter 11 Arguments by Analogy  
  • Chapter 12 Some Distinctive Arguments and Potential Pitfalls: Slippery Slope, Dilemma, and Golden Mean Arguments        
  • Chapter 13 Begging the Question     
    Cumulative Exercises Two          
    (Chapters 1 through 13)  
  • Chapter 14 Necessary and Sufficient Conditions
  • Chapter 15 Scientific and Causal Reasoning      
  • Chapter 16 The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth       
  • Cumulative Exercises Three       
    Chapters 1 through 16)
  • Chapter 17 Thinking Critically about Statistics  
  • Chapter 18 Symbolic Sentential Logic       
  • Chapter 19 Arguments about Classes      
  • Key Terms     
  • Answers to Selected Exercises    
New to this edition

Found in this section:
1. Overview of Changes
2. Chapter-by-Chapter Changes

 

1. Overview of changes

   

INTEGRATING LOGIC SKILLS INTO THE CRTICAL DECISION-MAKING PROCESS

  • New & Updated! Exercises and examples in every chapter. (ex. p. 39)
  • New! Section on definitions, including examination of misleading definitions. (ex. p. 131)
  • New! Extensive material on statistical fallacies and deceptions. (ex. p. 343)
  • New! Section on the importance of scientific integrity and scientific cooperation. (ex. p. 294)

PERSONALIZE LEARNING

  • The Pearson eText lets students access their textbook anytime, anywhere, and any way they want—including listening online or downloading to iPad.
  • A personalized study plan for each student promotes better critical-thinking skills, and helps students succeed in the course and beyond.
  • Assessment tied to every video, application, and chapter enables both instructors and students to track progress and get immediate feedback. With results feeding into a powerful gradebook, the assessment program helps instructors identify student challenges early—and find the best resources with which to help students.
  • New! Class Prep collects the very best class presentation resources in one convenient online destination, so instructors can keep students engaged throughout every class.

IMPROVE CRITICAL THINKING

  • New!Extensive discussion on cooperative critical thinking (as distinguished from adversarial critical thinking), and the examination of its special strengths and contexts in which it is most effective. (ex. p. 7)

ENGAGE STUDENTS

  • New! An abundance of examples are drawn from recent advertisements, political debates, Supreme Court cases, and trials. Students deal with arguments and issues they have recently seen in the news, and discussed among themselves. (ex. p. 148)
  • New! Additional exercises in the review sections, and sections of cumulative exercises. (ex. p. 113)

SUPPORT INSTRUCTORS

  • New! Create a Custom Text: For enrollments of at least 25, create your own textbook by combining chapters from best-selling Pearson textbooks and/or reading selections in the sequence you want.  To begin building your custom text, visit www.pearsoncustomlibrary.com. You may also work with a dedicated Pearson Custom editor to create your ideal text—publishing your own original content or mixing and matching Pearson content. Contact your Pearson Publisher’s Representative to get started 

 

2. Chapter-by-Chapter Changes

 

Chapter 1    Introduction

  • New! Discussion of adversarial and cooperative critical thinking
  • New! Exercises throughout the chapter

Chapter 2    A Few Important Terms

  • New! Exercises throughout the chapter

Chapter 3    Ad Hominem Arguments

  • New! Exercises throughout the chapter

Chapter 4    The Second Deadly Fallacy:  The Strawman Fallacy

  • Added! Further explanation of the Strawman Fallacy
  • Updated! Examples and exercises based on current events and cases

Chapter 5    What’s the Question?

  • New! Exercises throughout the chapter

Chapter 6    Relevant and Irrelevant Reasons

  • New! Exercises throughout the chapter

Chapter 7    Analyzing Arguments

  • New! Updated argument diagrams depict argument types described in the text

Chapter 8    The Burden of Proof 

  • New! Thought-provoking box on Scotland’s court system

Chapter 9    Language and its Pitfalls

  • New! Section on definitions, including examination of misleading definitions.

Chapter 10    Appeal to Authority 

  • New! Exercises throughout the chapter

Chapter 11    Arguments by Analogy  

  • New! Box ‘Are Corporations Analogous to Persons?’

Chapter 12    Some Distinctive Arguments and Potential Pitfalls: Slippery Slope, Dilemma, and Golden Mean Arguments 

  • New! Exercises throughout the chapter

Chapter 13    Begging the Question 

  • New! Extensive new material on statistical fallacies and deceptions.

Chapter 14    Necessary and Sufficient Conditions

  • New! Extensive new material on statistical fallacies and deceptions.

Chapter 15    Scientific and Causal Reasoning

  • New! Section on the importance of scientific integrity and scientific cooperation.

Chapter 16    The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth

  • New! Exercises throughout the chapter

Chapter 17    Thinking Critically about Statistics

  • New! Material on statistical half-truths

Chapter 18    Symbolic Sentential Logic       

  • New! Exercises throughout the chapter

Chapter 19    Arguments about Classes

  • New! Exercises throughout the chapter
Features & benefits
  • Critical Thinking: Consider the Verdict focuses on systematic skills rather than isolated techniques. Students are forced to make rulings concerning an argument. Students weigh competing arguments to determine which is the strongest, and construct their own arguments by analogy using cited judicial precedents. Additionally, they find new topics less intimidating.

  • “Argue Your Case” segments give students practice in developing cogent and compelling arguments for a specific position, and helps them develop an appreciation of the importance of good arguments and a sense of the positive benefits of critical thinking in addition to simple protection against being fooled by fallacies.
  • “Consider the Verdict” boxes-integrated into the text and exercises-give students opportunities to evaluate, compare, and critique arguments and competing arguments.
  • Student interest is maintained when real-life examples and cases are drawn from court trials, judicial reviews, advertising, political campaigns, and controversial social issues.
  • An optional chapter on “Thinking Critically about Statistics”Chapter 17–examines the use and misuse of surveys, averages, and statistical comparisons.
  • Critical Thinking: Consider the Verdict’s readable, conversational style with substance avoids a heavy “textbook” feel and tone. It allows students to easily read and understand the text on their own.
  • A wealth of exercisesincluding chapter-end and longer comprehensive review exercises drawn from real-life cases involving trials, judicial reviews, advertising, political campaigns, and arguments over controversial social issues–maintain student interest by reflecting real-life situations.
Author biography

 

Dr. Bruce N. Waller is Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Youngstown State University. He received his Ph.D. in 1979 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His other works include Consider Ethics: Theory, Readings, and Contemporary Issues, Critical Thinking: Consider the Verdict, You Decide! Current Debates in Criminal Justice, You Decide! Current Debates in Contemporary Moral Problems, You Decide! Current Debates in Introductory Philosophy, You Decide! Current Debates in Ethics, Coffee and Philosophy: A Conversational Introduction to Philosophy with Readings, and Against Moral Responsibility.

 

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