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Critical Reasoning Analysis - Chapter Summary
One of the most significant skills needed to pursue any studies in the liberal arts--or really any academic field at all--is the ability to analyze texts through critical reasoning. If you would like to improve your skills in this particular area, you can go through this chapter and read or watch the text and video lessons you can find here.
When going through these lessons, you will learn about the fundamental elements of written arguments that you will need to know in order to properly analyze them. You will also learn about some helpful strategies for approaching written texts that will allow you to get a better understanding of what each argument is trying to say and how you can evaluate its credibility. Some of the specific topics you will learn about are:
- The structure of arguments
- Evaluating reasoning
- Separating fact from opinion in a text
- The different parts of an argument
- The impact of word choice on meaning and tone
- How to evaluate the reliability of sources
- Author credibility
If you would like to test your understanding of these topics once you have completed each of the lessons, you can answer the questions found in the chapter's practice quizzes and final exam. The chapter offers you the function of messaging the lesson instructors directly, should you wish for further clarification on specific points. You can also use your personal Dashboard to keep track of your learning progress as you go through the lessons.
1. Argument Structure: From Premise to Conclusion
In this lesson, consider examples of an argument, as the term is understood in philosophy. You'll learn how to create appropriate premises and how this influences how likely it is for a listener to accept your conclusion.
2. How to Evaluate Reasoning
Evaluating reasoning in an essay or article is an important step in critical analysis. Being able to judge if something is reasonable whether or not you agree with the argument will be our learning focus for this video.
3. Determining Facts vs. Opinion in a Text
This lesson will explain how to distinguish between fact and opinion. We'll define the two terms, learn how to determine whether a statement is a fact or an opinion, and practice this skill.
4. Parts of An Argument: Claims, Counterclaims, Reasons, and Evidence
To effectively write an argument, you need to know the four basic parts. In this lesson, you will learn the definitions of the four basic parts and why you need them in an argument.
5. Impact of Word Choice on Meaning and Tone
In this lesson, you'll learn how authors can influence the meaning and the emotional effect of a sentence just by choosing the right words or by making references and comparisons. You'll learn the appropriate literary terms along with examples for each.
6. Evaluating Sources for Reliability, Credibility, and Worth
It's important to have information that is reliable, credible, and worthwhile in your speech. Sometimes, it's hard to determine these factors. This lesson will help you!
7. Author Credibility: Definition & Examples
Find out what author credibility is and how it makes a difference to your research paper. Learn how to determine author credibility and where to find reliable sources.
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