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Becoming a Critical Thinker: User Friendly Manual (5th Edition)

Becoming a Critical Thinker: User Friendly Manual (5th Edition)
Author: Sherry Diestler
ISBN 13: 9780132413138
ISBN 10: 132413132
Edition: 5
Publisher: Pearson
Publication Date: 2008-01-07
Format: Paperback
Pages: 496
List Price: $80.00

This book trains students to distinguish high-quality, well-supported arguments from arguments with little or no evidence to support them. It develops the skills required to effectively evaluate the many claims facing them as citizens, learners, consumers, and human beings, and also to be effective advocates for their beliefs.

Chapter topics include the foundations of arguments, reality and value assumptions and ethics, inductive arguments and generalizations, reasoning errors, the power of language, media literacy, fairmindedness, and persuasive speaking.

For critical thinkers who want to be discerning about the messages they read or hear; make decisions based on careful consideration of both facts and values; be alert to distortion in reporting and advertising; and, defend their own viewpoints.