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Thinking skills for professionals

Author: Bryan Greetham
Publisher: Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
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"This book equips students with a practical set of skills, showing how they can use philosophy's methods to analyze and discuss the philosophical and ethical issues that now form an integral part of courses in business, engineering, teaching, and health, as well as those in the humanities and social sciences. Selected case studies bring both ethical and philosophical issues to life"--
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Greetham, Bryan, 1946-
Thinking skills for professionals.
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010
(OCoLC)757480141
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bryan Greetham
ISBN: 9781403917089 1403917086
OCLC Number: 154789262
Description: xvi, 290 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: pt. 1. Original ideas. 1. Reprogramming our thinking : Designing solutions, not finding them ; Patterns and pattern recognition ; Making mistakes ; Four rules ; Simple systems --
2. Asking the right questions : What type of question is it? ; Is there a better question? ; Whistleblowing ; Bribery --
3. Generating ideas : Questioning: a structured approach ; Routine questions ; Compiling a trigger list ; The power of questions ; Exploring different perspectives on different levels --
pt. 2. Structuring our ideas. 4. Causal thinking : The structure of our ideas ; Structuring our ideas ; Causal relations ; Practical knowledge ; Discovering causal relations ; Case study --
5. Conceptual thinking, analysis 1: second-order thinking : What is a concept? ; Effects on our thinking ; Solving the most difficult problems ; Analysing concepts ; Open and closed concepts --
6. Conceptual thinking, analysis 2: the three-step technique --
7. Conceptual thinking: synthesis : Creating new concepts ; Synthesising ideas under concepts ; The way it works, three rules ; A practical method. pt. 3. Creative thinking. 8. Problem solving 1: analogies : Good thinkers ; Learning to become a good thinker ; Finding 'what if' questions, analogies ; Effective analogies ; Misleading analogies --
9. Problem solving 2: adapting structures : Working with the structure --
pt. 4. Critical thinking. 10. Thinking with arguments 1: the components : Two kinds of thinking ; Checking the components, what sort of premises are there? ; Are any missing --
11. Thinking with arguments 2: the connections : Qualifiers ; Distributing our terms ; Processing our terms ; Illicit conversion ; Illicit obversion ; Affirming the consequent and denying the antecedent ; Necessary and sufficient conditions 12. Thinking with evidence 1: describing it : Inductive thinking ; Untypical examples and insufficient or weighted evidence ; Exaggerating or underestimating evidence ; Testing descriptions of evidence 13. Thinking with evidence 2: drawing relevant inferences : Using analogies ; Creating causal connections 14. Thinking with evidence 3: drawing reliable inferences : Oversimplifying ; Invalid causal connections --
15. Thinking with language 1: clarity --
16. Thinking with language 2: consistency : Flexibility ; Consistency --
pt. 5. Moral thinking: a case study. 17. Moral thinking 1: generating ideas : Generating moral facts ; Empathy and imagination ; Universalism ; Does and don'ts --
18. Moral thinking 2: structuring ideas : Synthesis, from the specific to the general ; Normative issues to normative principles ; The converter ; Structuring, tracing their interrelations ; Hierarchy --
19. Moral thinking 3: designing solutions : One dominant normative principle ; Choosing the best solution ; Working with our structures --
20. Moral thinking 4: evaluating solutions : Arguments ; Evidence ; Language.
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'This book fills an important gap. [...] [F]lows easily and logically, and is formatted to be read in digestible bits. [...] Highly recommended.' - M. M. Gillis, Choice

 
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