In this era of increased polarization of opinion and contentious disagreement, CRITICAL REASONING presents a cooperative approach to critical thinking and formation of beliefs. CRITICAL REASONING emphasizes the importance of developing and applying analytical skills in real life contexts. This book is unique in providing multiple, diverse examples of everyday arguments, both textual and visual, including hard to find long argument passages from real-life sources. The book provides clear, step-by-step procedures to help you decide for yourself what to believeto be a consumer of information in our contemporary world of experts." "
Cederblom (U. of Nebraska, Omaha) and Paulsen (Evergreen State College) address deciding what to believe, the anatomy of arguments (premises and conclusions), reconstructing arguments, evaluation, whether conclusions follow from premises, fallacies or bad arguments, unclear and misleading definitions, non-deductive arguments, explanation and criticism of theories, and putting all the above together. New to the fifth edition of this textbook are more day-to-day tips on decisionmaking, analysis of convergent (as opposed to "linked") arguments, a simplified classification of fallacies, easier-to-apply procedures for criticizing empirical arguments, and new and updated examples and exercises. A glossary is included. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)