The purpose of critical thinking, according to this text, is rethinking: that is, reviewing, evaluating, and revising thought. The approach of Critical Thinking for College Students is pragmatic and pluralistic: truth is viewed in terms of public confirmation and consensus, rather than with regard to naive realism, relativism, or popular opinion. The value of empathy and the legitimacy of diverse points of view are stressed. Nevertheless, it is necessary to use specific linguistic, logical, and evidential standards in order to evaluate thought.
Jon Stratton has taught critical thinking, informal logic, and symbolic logic at Walla Walla Community College in Washington State for over twenty-five years.
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Thinking, the Body, the Brain, and Language Chapter 3 A Closer Look at Critical Thinking Part 4 Verbal Thinking Chapter 5 The Nature of Language and the Standards of Critical Thinking Chapter 6 Attitudinal Standards and Empathy Part 7 Logical Thinking Chapter 8 Elements of Organization of Argument Chapter 9 Evaluating Arguments Chapter 10 Fallacies and the Eight Steps of Argument Evaluation Part 11 Verbal and Logical Thinking Chapter 12 Evidence Chapter 13 Application: The Format Part 14 Verbal, Logical, and Intuitive Thinking Chapter 15 Critical Thinking in the Home, at Work, and in the Community Chapter 16 Appendix Chapter 17 Suggested Reading Chapter 18 Index Chapter 19 About the Author