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Smart Thinking: Skills For Critical Understanding

Matthew Allen

Smart Thinking: Skills For Critical Understanding

Matthew Allen

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Smart Thinking* Skills for Critical Understanding and Writing is a practical, step-by-step guide to improving skills in analysis, critical thinking, and the effective communication of arguments and explanations. Accessible and straightforward in its style and goals, Smart Thinking is nevertheless based on strong epistemological foundations. It treats reasoning as an aspect of communication, rather than as an abstract exercise in logic, combining practical advice and theoretical rigour in a way that facilitates a deeper understanding of the processes of smart thinking without being confusing. The book not only provides detailed advice on how to practise better analytical skills, but also demonstrates how these skills can be used in research and writing. In particular, it stresses the vital importance of developing arguments and explanations that are internally coherent, and that take account of their audience and context. Divided into short, easily managed sections, the book is designed to meet the needs of undergraduate students. It contains exercises and detailed answers to assist in self-learning, and includes an extensive glossary of concepts.

- Publisher 1. Smart ThinkingWhat is smart thinking?How do we study smart thinking?Why do we need to 'think smart'?2. Claims: The Key Elements of ReasoningUnderstanding languageMore about claimsClaims and reasoningReview3. Linking: The Key Process in ReasoningLinks between claimsThe analytical structure of reasoningLearning more about the analytical structureReview4. Understanding the Links between ClaimsLinking premises to premisesSpecial types of dependent premisesLinking premises to conclusionsCombining different types of reasoningReview5. More Effective Reasoning I: Better ClaimsWell-formed claimsWell-founded claimsReview6. More Effective Reasoning II: Better LinksEffective use of dependent premisesRelevanceStrength of supportReview7. Research, Reasoning, and AnalysisReasoning and analysisWhat to search forWhere to searchFive possible outcomesReview8. Planning and Creating your ReasoningThe key analytical questionsUsing the analytical structure for planningReviewSummaryAnswers, Discussion, and Further AdviceGlossary of Key Terms and ConceptsFurther ReadingIndex

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Smart Thinking* Skills for Critical Understanding and Writing is a practical, step-by-step guide to improving skills in analysis, critical thinking, and the effective communication of arguments and explanations. Accessible and straightforward in its style and goals, Smart Thinking is nevertheless based on strong epistemological foundations. It treats reasoning as an aspect of communication, rather than as an abstract exercise in logic, combining practical advice and theoretical rigour in a way that facilitates a deeper understanding of the processes of smart thinking without being confusing. The book not only provides detailed advice on how to practise better analytical skills, but also demonstrates how these skills can be used in research and writing. In particular, it stresses the vital importance of developing arguments and explanations that are internally coherent, and that take account of their audience and context. Divided into short, easily managed sections, the book is designed to meet the needs of undergraduate students. It contains exercises and detailed answers to assist in self-learning, and includes an extensive glossary of concepts.
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1. Smart ThinkingWhat is smart thinking?How do we study smart thinking?Why do we need to 'think smart'?2. Claims: The Key Elements of ReasoningUnderstanding languageMore about claimsClaims and reasoningReview3. Linking: The Key Process in ReasoningLinks between claimsThe analytical structure of reasoningLearning more about the analytical structureReview4. Understanding the Links between ClaimsLinking premises to premisesSpecial types of dependent premisesLinking premises to conclusionsCombining different types of reasoningReview5. More Effective Reasoning I: Better ClaimsWell-formed claimsWell-founded claimsReview6. More Effective Reasoning II: Better LinksEffective use of dependent premisesRelevanceStrength of supportReview7. Research, Reasoning, and AnalysisReasoning and analysisWhat to search forWhere to searchFive possible outcomesReview8. Planning and Creating your ReasoningThe key analytical questionsUsing the analytical structure for planningReviewSummaryAnswers, Discussion, and Further AdviceGlossary of Key Terms and ConceptsFurther ReadingIndex
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  • Catalogue Code 116875
  • Product Code 0195540727
  • EAN 9780195540727
  • Pages 176
  • Department Academic
  • Category Philosophy
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date Mar 1997
  • Dimensions 210 x 130 mm
  • Weight 0.218kg

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