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Critical Thinking: A User's Manual by Debra Jackson

By Debra Jackson

Serious pondering: A USER'S handbook bargains an leading edge skill-based method of severe pondering that gives step by step instruments for reading arguments. scholars construct a whole ability set by way of spotting, examining, diagramming, and comparing arguments; later chapters inspire program of the fundamental talents to specific, truth-functional, analogical, generalization, and causal arguments in addition to fallacies. The routines in the course of the textual content have interaction readers in lively studying, combine writing as a part of the severe pondering technique, and emphasize ability transference. a unique characteristic, known as Your flip! encourages scholars not to simply skim in the course of the book's causes, yet cease, imagine, and practice what they're studying.

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Therefore, you can identify the two parts of the argument from just the one indicator word. P: ∴ My kitchen sink is draining slowly again. I should use the plunger. Notice that the wording of the conclusion is once again different from the original. ” What about the first sentence in the passage? It is a single claim citing what happened in the past: using the plunger cured the slowly draining sink. Thus, the claim makes sense as another premise supporting the conclusion. indd 32 A couple of times in the past when my kitchen sink was draining more slowly than usual, using the plunger fixed the problem.

Because one of its ultimate aims is thorough understanding of living organisms including man, biology is entitled to be called the most vital of the sciences. indd 23 22/11/10 11:08 AM 24 CHAPTER 2 Recognizing Arguments 14. —Hine and Faracher, The American West 15. —William Clark 16. I’ve been reading a lot of poetry by Browning lately and I’ve gone back to Shakespeare, with enormous pleasure, great pleasure because my appreciation of their technical facility is coming forward to me in a way it didn’t before.

In this sentence, the word because tells us, first, that the sentence consists of two claims—one claim is located before the word because (“I was late to class”), and the other comes after it (“My car wouldn’t start”). Secondly, because tells us that the claim that follows it is a reason. That’s just what because means. Stuck in the middle of a sentence like this, it also signals to you that what comes before because is the claim that the reason supports. So far, this passage could be either an argument or an explanation— it has a premise/explanans and conclusion/explanandum, but that’s all you know at this point.

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