Demonstrating the practical relevance and import of many historically significant philosophers (e.g. Socrates, Aristotle, Epictetus, Hume, Kant, Mill, Sartre, and Nietzsche), Critical Thinking Unleashed presents a practical, non-technical, and comprehensive approach to critical thinking. In contrast to other treatments of practical reasoning, Elliot D. Cohen not only teaches students how to identify and refute irrational premises_he also teaches them how to construct rational antidotes to combat the personal, social, and political obstacles they confront in everyday life.
Elliot D. Cohen is professor of philosophy and chair of the Department of Humanities at Indian River State College in Florida. He is executive co-director and co-founder of the American Society for Philosophy, Counseling, and Psychotherapy; professor and chair at the Indian River College; editor-in-chief and founder of The International Journal of Applied Philosophy and The International Journal of Philosophical Practice. Author of twelve books and numerous articles, his most recent books are New Rational Therapy: Thinking Your Way to Serenity, Success, and Profound Happiness and What Would Aristotle Do? Self-Control through the Power of Reason. Other recent books include Philosophers at Work: Issues and Practice of Philosophy; The Virtuous Therapist: Ethical Practice of Counseling & Psychotherapy; and News Incorporated: Corporate Media Ownership and its Threat to Democracy.
1 Table of Contents 2 Preface to the Student Chapter 3 Introduction: Free Thinking Part 4 I. Kinds of Reasoning Chapter 5 1. The Nuts and Bolts of Reasoning Part 6 Deduction Chapter 7 2. Deductive Reasoning Chapter 8 3. Hypothetical Syllogisms Chapter 9 4. Disjunctive Syllogisms Chapter 10 5. Truth-Functional Logic Chapter 11 6. Categorical Statements Chapter 12 7. Immediate Deductions Chapter 13 8. Categorical Syllogisms Part 14 Induction Chapter 15 9. Generalization Chapter 16 10. Prediction Chapter 17 11. Testimonials Chapter 18 12. Hypothesis Chapter 19 13. Causation Part 20 Behavioral and Emotional Reasoning Chapter 21 14. Behavioral Reasoning Chapter 22 15. Refutation in Practical Reasoning Chapter 23 16. Emotional Reasoning Part 24 II. Informal Fallacies Part 25 Fallacies that Promote Self-Destructive Emotions Chapter 26 17. Inferences from "Must," "Awful," and "Can't" Chapter 27 18. Damning Thoughts and Dutiful Worrying Part 28 Fallacies that Impede Successful Interpersonal Relations Chapter 29 19. Bandwagon Arguments Chapter 30 20. Emotional Appeals Chapter 31 21. Irrelevant Appeals Chapter 32 22. Sophistical Arguments Chapter 33 Appendix: Venn Diagrams 34 Index