By Stella Cottrell
Severe considering abilities has taken the probably baffling artwork of research and damaged it down into effortless to appreciate blocks, with transparent motives, solid examples, and many actions to improve knowing at every one level. this straightforward to keep on with, step-by step consultant to constructing reasoning talents even applies the innovations to projects akin to interpreting, note-taking, and writing.
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In Columbus's time, the scholars of Salamanca had made more accurate calculations than Columbus and, although they knew the shape of the earth, they realised Columbus had under-estimated the distances involved. They opposed his voyage but he persisted. Without his courage, the Americas might never have been discovered. 63 Stella Cottrell (ZOOS), Critical Tilinking Skills, Palgrave Macmillan Ltd Logical consistency clear and consistent arguments, the reasons pport the conclusion that the author draws ,m them.
Clarity, consistency and structure This chapter offers you opportunities to: a check arguments for clarity and internal consistency a identify logical consistency in an argument a check for logical order a understand what is meant by joint and independent reasons a identify intermediate conclusions and understand their use Introduction In Chapter 3, we saw that there are normally six features to check for when searching for an argument, as summarised in the table on page 47: author's position; propositions and reasons; a line of reasoning; conclusion; persuasion; use of indicator and signal words.
63 Stella Cottrell (ZOOS), Critical Tilinking Skills, Palgrave Macmillan Ltd Logical consistency clear and consistent arguments, the reasons pport the conclusion that the author draws ,m them. When evaluating an argument, we bed to check whether the reasons given by the thor do indeed support the conclusion. In her words, we need to check that the p m e n t adds up. When we do this, we are ecking for logical consistency. metimes, authors lose track of their own pments and draw a conclusion that does not llow from the reasons given.
Critical Thinking Skills: Developing Effective Analysis and Argument by Stella Cottrell