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Education Standards

2.1 Critical Evaluation of Arguments

2.1 Critical Evaluation of Arguments


This module contains links to two textbooks on critical thinking and indicates which sections are most relevant to thinking well about ethics.

[ Image - Nina Paley, "You May Be Right" - CC BY-SA 3.0 ]

Learning Objectives

This module contributes to addressing the following Ohio Introduction to Ethics TAG Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to examine questions and issues from diverse perspectives.
  • Comprehend, analyze, and evaluate diverse philosophical arguments regarding ethical matters within the contexts and traditions those matters are cast.
  • Develop an ability to (re)present complex philosophical ideas, theories, and perspectives fairly, objectively, and critically.

Recommended Textbook Resources

Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking

This is a textbook for logic and critical thinking.  Chapter 1 discusses the basics of evaluating arguments – including a section on paraphrasing arguments.  Chapter 4 discusses logical fallacies.


Thinking Well

This is a critical thinking textbook.  Chapter 1 gives an overview of critical thinking basics.  Chapter 4 gives an overview of logical fallacies.  Chapter 9 gives an overview of moral reasoning.  And chapter 10 discusses cognitive biases.