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Critical thinking unleashed

Author: Elliot D Cohen
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"From alcohol and drug addiction to rage on national highways and in airports, many human beings have kept themselves in perpetual turmoil and despair. From encroachment on individual rights and liberties to wars of attrition and mass genocide, human history has continually repeated itself due to a failure to see the light. Containing numerous skill-building exercises, Critical Thinking Unleashed seeks to cultivate  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Textbooks
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Elliot D Cohen
ISBN: 9780742564312 0742564312 9780742564329 0742564320 9781442200050 1442200057
OCLC Number: 314839741
Description: xiv, 402 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: pt. I. Kinds of reasoning --
1. The nuts and bolts of reasoning --
2. Deductive reasoning --
3. Hypothetical syllogisms --
4. Disjunctive syllogisms --
5. Truth-functional logic --
6. Categorical statements --
7. Immediate deductions --
8. Categorical syllogisms --
9. Generalization --
10. Predictions --
11. Testimonials --
12. Inductive hypothesis --
13. Causation --
14. Behavioral reasoning --
15. Refutation in practical reasoning --
16. Emotional reasoning --
pt. II. Informal fallacies --
17. Inferences from "must", "awful" and "can't" --
18. Damming thoughts and dutiful worrying --
19. Bandwagon arguments --
20. Emotional appeals --
21. Irrelevant Appeals --
22. Sophistical arguments --
Appendix A: Venn diagrams.
Responsibility: Elliot D. Cohen.

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"From alcohol and drug addiction to rage on national highways and in airports, many human beings have kept themselves in perpetual turmoil and despair. From encroachment on individual rights and liberties to wars of attrition and mass genocide, human history has continually repeated itself due to a failure to see the light. Containing numerous skill-building exercises, Critical Thinking Unleashed seeks to cultivate the reasoning skills required to overcome such destructive human tendencies and to live meaningful and productive lives in a democratic society. In contrast to other treatments of practical reasoning, Elliot D. Cohen not only teaches students how to identify and refute irrational premises_he also teaches them how to construct rational antidotes to combat the personal, social, and political obstacles they confront in everyday life. Moreover, Cohen encourages students to use the theories and ideas embodied in the history of philosophy in order to construct these rational guides, drawing examples from many contemporary sources. Demonstrating the practical relevance and import of many historically significant philosophers (e.g. Socrates, Aristotle, Epictetus, Hume, Kant, Mill, Sartre, and Nietzsche), the book presents a practical, non-technical, and comprehensive approach to critical thinking."--Provided by publisher.

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