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Think with Socrates

An Introduction to Critical Thinking

Paul Herrick

Publication Date - July 2014

ISBN: 9780199331864

432 pages
7-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

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A philosophical introduction to critical thinking built around the methods, ideas, and life of Socrates


Brief yet comprehensive, Think with Socrates: An Introduction to Critical Thinking uses the methods, ideas, and life of Socrates as a model for critical thinking. It offers a more philosophical, historical, and accessible introduction than longer textbooks while still addressing all of the key topics in logic and argumentation. Applying critical thinking to the Internet, mass media, advertising, personal experience, expert authority, the evaluation of sources, writing argumentative essays, and forming a worldview, Think with Socrates resonates with today's students and teaches them how to apply critical thinking in the real world. At the same time, it covers the ancient intellectual roots and history of the field, placing critical thinking in its larger context to help students appreciate its perennial value.

Author Paul Herrick incorporates original sources from newspapers, a variety of media, and philosophical writing, along with engaging "interludes" featuring selections from Plato's dialogues. A Companion Website at www.oup.com/us/herrick offers resources for students and instructors.

About the Author(s)

Paul Herrick received his PhD in philosophy from the University of Washington. Since 1983 he has taught philosophy at Shoreline Community College. He is the author of two previous books published by Oxford University Press: Introduction to Logic (2012) and The Many Worlds of Logic, Second Edition (1999).


"For a critical thinking course, I would adopt this book in a heartbeat. I would also consider using it as a supplemental text in Introduction to Philosophy. The basic idea of teaching critical thinking as illustrated in the Socratic dialogues is excellent. Herrick writes in a lucid, entertaining, accessible style that will hold students' attention."--Andrew V. Jeffery, Green River Community College and Pierce College

"It's the framing of the critical thinking course as a philosophy course that attracts me to Think with Socrates--a critical thinking book that gets back to doing philosophy."--Ed Pluth, California State University, Chico

"It's remarkably clever to use Socrates in this way, especially with the full text of the Euthyphro in the middle."--Russell DiSilvestro, California State University, Sacramento

Table of Contents

    Unit 1. What Is Critical Thinking?
    Chapter 1. Socrates Part 1: Life and Method
    Appendix. An Excerpt from The Clouds
    Chapter 2. Socrates Part 2: Life and Death
    Chapter 3. On Socrates's Two Favorite Questions
    Interlude: Socrates at Work
    Part 1. The Euthyphro
    Part 2. The Apology
    Unit 2. Obstacles to Critical Thinking
    Chapter 4. Cognitive Biases
    Appendix. Critical Thinking in Dickens's A Christmas Carol
    Chapter 5. Relativism and Skepticism
    Unit 3. Build a Solid Knowledge Base
    Chapter 6. Reason and the Senses
    Chapter 7. Personal Experience, Testimony, and Expert Authority
    Chapter 8. Watch Out for Logical Fallacies
    Interlude: Critical Thinking and Freedom
    Chapter 9. The Internet, News Media, and Advertising
    Interlude: The Myth of the Cave
    Unit 4. Criteria for Correct Reasoning
    Chapter 10. Deduction and Induction: A Closer Look
    Chapter 11. Explorations in Inductive Reasoning: The Logic of Science
    Appendix. Elementary Probability Theory
    Interlude: Critical Thinking and the Birth of Modern Science
    Chapter 12. Explorations in Deductive Reasoning: Categorical Logic
    Appendix 1. Testing Syllogisms Using Rules
    Appendix 2. How an Idea in Logic Led to the Digital Computer and Transformed the World
    Unit 5. Moral Reasoning, Worldviews, and the Examined Life
    Chapter 13. Critical Thinking and Moral Reasoning
    Chapter 14. Critical Thinking, Worldviews, and the Examined Life
    Answers to Selected Exercises

Teaching Resources

• A Computerized Test Bank (including multiple-choice, true/false, and short-answer questions and answers) and Instructor’s Manual (including chapter summaries, PowerPoint lecture outlines, and solutions to all exercises in the book) on CD

• The Instructor’s Manual in printed format

• A Companion Website (www.oup.com/us/herrick) with an introduction to the book and author, as well as sections of Student Resources (including chapter objectives, key terms with definitions, web links, and additional multiple-choice and true/false exercises) and password-protected Instructor Resources (including the Instructor’s Manual and Computerized Test Bank)

• Cartridges for major course management systems, containing the Instructor’s Manual, the Computerized Test Bank, and the Student Resources from the Companion Website. Please contact your Oxford University Press Sales Representative at 1-800-280-0280 for more information.


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