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Thinking Socratically, 3rd edition

  • Sharon Schwarze
  • Harvey Lape

Published by Pearson (November 11th 2011) - Copyright © 2012

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Thinking Socratically

ISBN-13: 9780205098019

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Critical Thinking Skills in Everyday Context — The Socrates Model


Thinking Socratically is a treatment of critical thinking, rather than an informal logic textbook. It emphasizes a philosophical reflection on real issues from everyday life, in order to teach students the skills of critical thinking in a commonplace context that is easy to understand and certain to be remembered.


Teaching and Learning Experience


Improve Critical Thinking - Thinking Socratically contextualizes the presentation of critical thinking topics through easy-to-understand information, and shows, rather than just tells, students how to be critical thinkers by encouraging them to follow Socrates as a model.


Engage StudentsThinking Socratically exposes students to a variety of readings listed after expository material, Venn diagrams, chapter-end summaries, etc. — in order to outline important concepts and learning tools needed for useful reasoning.


Support Instructors - Teaching your course just got easier!  You can create a Customized Text or use our Instructor’s Manual, or PowerPoint Presentation Slides.  Plus, Thinking Socratically is organized around topics for ease of assignments, and uses standard terminology to eliminate student confusion.

Table of contents

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1. Brief Table of Contents

2. Full Table of Contents






Part I Connections

Chapter 1 Why be a Critical Thinker?

Chapter 2 Language

Chapter 3 Knowledge and Certainty

Chapter 4 Arguments and Explanations


Part II Deductive Reasoning

Chapter 5 Deductive Links

Chapter 6 Deductive Argument Forms


Part III Inductive Reasoning

Chapter 7 Supporting Our Claims 

Chapter 8 Standards of Inductive Reasoning 

Chapter 9 Fallacies

Chapter 10 Scientific Reasoning

Chapter 11 Pseudoscience


Part IV Reasoning About Values 

Chapter 12 The Nature of Morality

Chapter 13 Reasoning about Good and Bad 

Chapter 14 Moral Dialogue

Chapter 15 Reason and Commitment









Part I Connections

Chapter 1: Why be a Critical Thinker?

Critical Thinking and the Importance of Open Dialogue

What Is Critical Thinking?



Study Questions

Reason and Culture

Why the Geese Shrieked

Isaac Bashevis Singer

The Shaman and the Dying Scientist: A Brazilian Tale

Alan Riding

Study Questions

The Limits of Reason




Chapter 2: Language

The Priority of Language

Language and the World

The Corner of the Eye

Lewis Thomas

Eight Little Piggies

Stephen Jay Gould

Study Questions

Words, Statements, and Beliefs

Warranted Statements

Making of Americans

Gertrude Stein

Study Questions

Factual Statements

Web of Belief

9/11 Rumors That Harden into Conventional Wisdom

Michael Slackman


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