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Critical Thinking: Tools for Taking Charge of Your Professional and Personal Life, CourseSmart eTextbook, 2nd Edition

By Richard Paul, Linda Elder

Published by Pearson FT Press

Published Date: Aug 15, 2013

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You are what you think! Everything you do is determined by the quality of your thinking. If you aren't thinking clearly, you're at the mercy of everyone from politicians to marketers. Unfortunately, many people never give any thought to how they think. No wonder they're susceptible to the frustration, pain, ineffectiveness, and financial loss that result directly from poorly considered thinking.


Critical Thinking, Second Edition is about becoming a better thinker in every aspect of your life—as a professional, as a consumer, citizen, friend, parent, and even as a lover. Drs. Richard W. Paul and Linda Elder identify the core skills of effective thinking, then help you analyze your own thought processes so you can systematically identify and overcome your weaknesses. Coverage includes: 

  • Thinking with clarity, relevance, logic, accuracy, depth, significance, precision, breadth, and fairness
  • Thinking more effectively at work
  • Becoming a more effective strategic thinker
  • Critically assessing what experts say
  • Understanding the links between critical thinking and personal character

Packed with new examples and exceptionally relevant exercises, this book will help you use critical thinking skills to empower yourself, discover new opportunities, avoid disastrous mistakes, grow your wealth, and more. Above all, it will help you gain the confidence and clarity you need to pursue and achieve your most important goals in life – whatever they are!

Table of Contents

Preface     xiv
Chapter 1: Thinking in a World of Accelerating Change and Intensifying Danger     1
Chapter 2: Becoming a Critic of Your Thinking     9
Chapter 3: Becoming a Fairminded Thinker     21
Chapter 4: Self-Understanding     51
Chapter 5: The First Four Stages of Development: What Level Thinker Are You?     63
Chapter 6: The Parts of Thinking     85
Chapter 7: The Standards for Thinking     127
Chapter 8: Design Your Life     167
Chapter 9: The Art of Making Intelligent Decisions     183
Chapter 10: Taking Charge of Your Irrational Tendencies     199
Chapter 11: Monitoring Your Sociocentric Tendencies     231
Chapter 12: Developing as an Ethical Reasoner     253
Chapter 13: Analyzing and Evaluating Thinking in Corporate and Organizational Life     283
Chapter 14: Strategic Thinking: Part One     311
Chapter 15: Strategic Thinking: Part Two     331
A Glossary of Critical Thinking Terms and Concepts     353
References     441
About the Authors     443
Index     445

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