The Power of Critical Thinking: Effective Reasoning about Ordinary and Extraordinary Claims

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The Power of Critical Thinking: Effective Reasoning About Ordinary and Extraordinary Claims, Fifth Edition, 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.

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* Hundreds of diverse exercises, examples, and illustrations

* Text boxes that apply critical thinking to student experience

* Step-by-step guidelines for evaluating claims, arguments, and explanations

* A glossary of important terms and many reminders, summaries, and review notes

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Lewis Vaughn is the author or coauthor of numerous books, including Philosophy Here and Now: Powerful Ideas in Everyday Life, Second Edition (2015), Living Philosophy: A Historical Introduction to Philosophical Ideas (2014), Philosophy: The Quest for Truth, Ninth Edition (2013), The Moral Life, Fifth Edition (2013), and Bioethics: Principles, Issues, and Cases (2012), all published by Oxford University Press. He is the former editor of Free Inquiry and the former executive editor and cofounder of Philo.

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"It is hard to find a good critical thinking textbook that covers the material with insightful clarity, focused breadth, and up-to-date relevance. The Power of Critical Thinking does just that. A must-have for any critical thinking course."--Mark Balok, Yavapai College


"The Power of Critical Thinking is unique with its diverse collection of exercises--including field problems, writing exercises, and quizzes--which facilitate students' digestion of the material. I love the design. Both the photos and the art are helpful."--Stephen K. Ma, California State University, Los Angeles


"This book is very successful in its presentation of inference to the best explanation. It also does an excellent job of teaching writing skills along with critical thinking skills. I highly recommend this text for its engaging writing style, clear layout, and variety of possible in-class and online exercises and assignments."--Carol McGury, DePaul University


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