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Dedication: Preface: Acknowledgments: Unit 1. What Is Critical Thinking? Chapter 1. Socrates Part 1: Life and Method Appendix. An Excerpt from The Clouds Chapter 2. Socrates Part 2: Life and Death Chapter 3. On Socrates's Two Favorite Questions Interlude: Socrates at Work Part 1. The Euthyphro Part 2. The Apology Unit 2. Obstacles to Critical Thinking Chapter 4. Cognitive Biases Appendix. Critical Thinking in Dickens's A Christmas Carol Chapter 5. Relativism and Skepticism Unit 3. Build a Solid Knowledge Base Chapter 6. Reason and the Senses Chapter 7. Personal Experience, Testimony, and Expert Authority Chapter 8. Watch Out for Logical Fallacies Interlude: Critical Thinking and Freedom Chapter 9. The Internet, News Media, and Advertising Interlude: The Myth of the Cave Unit 4. Criteria for Correct Reasoning Chapter 10. Deduction and Induction: A Closer Look Chapter 11. Explorations in Inductive Reasoning: The Logic of Science Appendix. Elementary Probability Theory: Interlude: Critical Thinking and the Birth of Modern Science Chapter 12. Explorations in Deductive Reasoning: Categorical Logic Appendix 1. Testing Syllogisms Using Rules: Appendix 2. How an Idea in Logic Led to the Digital Computer and Transformed the World: Unit 5. Moral Reasoning, Worldviews, and the Examined Life Chapter 13. Critical Thinking and Moral Reasoning Chapter 14. Critical Thinking, Worldviews, and the Examined Life Epilogue: Answers to Selected Exercises: Glossary: Index:

About the Author

Paul Herrick received his PhD in philosophy from the University of Washington. Since 1983 he has taught philosophy at Shoreline Community College. He is the author of two previous books published by Oxford University Press: Introduction to Logic (2012) and The Many Worlds of Logic, Second Edition (1999).


"For a critical thinking course, I would adopt this book in a heartbeat. I would also consider using it as a supplemental text in Introduction to Philosophy. The basic idea of teaching critical thinking as illustrated in the Socratic dialogues is excellent. Herrick writes in a lucid, entertaining, accessible style that will hold students' attention."--Andrew V. Jeffery, Green River Community College and Pierce College "It's the framing of the critical thinking course as a philosophy course that attracts me to Think with Socrates--a critical thinking book that gets back to doing philosophy."--Ed Pluth, California State University, Chico "Awesome. I cannot wait until the book is published."--Beverly J. Whelton, Wheeling Jesuit University k Yes "It's remarkably clever to use Socrates in this way, especially with the full text of the Euthyphro in the middle."--Russell DiSilvestro, California State University, Sacramento "This book fills a need for a more philosophical approach to critical thinking."--Peter Westmoreland, University of Florida

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