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The Power of Critical Thinking

Effective Reasoning about Ordinary and Extraordinary Claims

Sixth Edition

Lewis Vaughn

Publication Date - September 2018

ISBN: 9780190852818

600 pages
Looseleaf

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $81.99

Provides the broadest range of tools to show students how critical thinking applies in their lives and the world around them

Description

The Power of Critical Thinking: Effective Reasoning About Ordinary and Extraordinary Claims, Sixth Edition, provides the broadest range of tools to show students how critical thinking applies in their lives and the world around them. It explores the essentials of critical reasoning, argumentation, logic, and argumentative essay writing while also incorporating important topics that most other texts leave out, such as "inference to the best explanation," scientific reasoning, evidence and authority, visual reasoning, and obstacles to critical thinking.

New to this Edition

  • An updated guide to Thinking Critically about the Media (Chapter 4) tackles contemporary issues of fake news, evaluating sources, and distrust of mainstream media
  • Updated exercises, boxes, text, and photos reflect current events, new interests, and social changes
  • New material in Chapter 11 on critical thinking and racism, moral dilemmas, and the divine command theory expands Vaughn's narrative on crucial issues
  • Many revised text boxes on such compelling topics as critiquing moral theories, the deadly post hoc fallacy, political straw, lying, fallacious appeals to (questionable) authority, and the best explanation for hurricanes Katrina and Harvey apply critical thinking to the student experience
  • Dashboard for The Power of Critical Thinking, Sixth Edition, delivers a wealth of automatically graded activities in an intuitive, web-based learning environment. It offers students two unique quizzes for each chapter and two additional "Logic Tool" Venn diagram quizzes for Chapter 7.

Features

  • Offers the clearest step-by-step explanations available
  • Provides students with a solid grounding in a wide range of critical thinking skills applicable to many kinds of claims, evidence, and arguments
  • Incorporates hundreds of diverse exercises--including Field Problems, Integrative Exercises, Self-Assessment Quizzes, and Essay Questions--presented progressively, from simple to complex and elementary to more advanced, with selected answers at the back of the book
  • Includes numerous photos with caption questions that encourage critical thinking
  • Shows students how scientific reasoning applies to an array of questions in many scientific fields, everyday life, and even the realm of extraordinary phenomena (Ch. 8, 9, and 10)
  • Offers the best and most thorough coverage of inference to the best explanation (Chs. 9 and 10)
  • Covers the evaluation of evidence, authority, and credibility, showing students how to assess the evidence and claims offered by scientists and other experts, the news media, advertising, and everyday experience
  • Emphasizes writing throughout, with writing assignments in each chapter and an extensive appendix on argumentative writing that includes twenty-one essays for analysis
  • An Ancillary Resource Center includes an Instructor's Manual, PowerPoint lecture slides, and a Test Bank with chapter summaries, multiple-choice, true/false, short-answer, and short-essay questions
  • A free, open-access Companion Website offers students self-assessment quizzes and flashcards of key terms from the text
  • Dashboard for this text delivers a wealth of automatically graded activities in an intuitive, web-based learning environment. It offers students two unique quizzes for each chapter and two additional "Logic Tool" Venn diagram quizzes for Chapter 7.

About the Author(s)

Lewis Vaughn is the author or coauthor of several textbooks, including Philosophy Here and Now, Third Edition (2018), Writing Philosophy, Second Edition (2018), Living Philosophy, Second Edition (2017), and Concise Guide to Critical Thinking (2017), all published by Oxford University Press.

Reviews

"This is an excellent critical thinking book! I will likely adopt it for future classes. It is well written, engaging, appropriate for undergraduates, and has a lot of good exercises, including real-world applications. In addition, the cost is much more affordable than competing texts, without compromising the content."--Ken Hochstetter, College of Southern Nevada

"The Power of Critical Thinking is a great textbook. Its strengths are its repetition of key ideas and the many real-world applications, like the connection between ESP and expectation. This text offers a taste of all areas of human reasoning in an accessible and intelligent manner. The fun information boxes will also keep students interested."--June Yang, Grossmont College

"Vaughn's textbook is one of the most readable critical thinking textbooks. It is written for freshmen college students, even those who are not fully prepared for college-level work. The self-assessment quizzes and integrated exercises are among the best features of this book."--Tobyn DeMarco, Bergen Community College