PHL110 -- Critical Analysis

ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS: A Guide to Critical Thinking

 

  1. What are the Issue and the Conclusion?
  2. What are the Reasons?
  3. What Words or Phrases are Ambiguous?
  4. What are the Value Conflicts and Assumptions?
  5. What are the Descriptive Assumptions?
  6. Are There any Errors in Reasoning?
  7. How Good is the Evidence?
  8. Are there Rival Causes?
  9. Are the Statistics Deceptive?
  10. What Significant Information Is Omitted?
  11. What Reasonable Conclusions are Possible?

     

 

1. What are the Issue and the Conclusion?


2. What are the Reasons?


3. What Words or Phrases are Ambiguous?

-- in the reasons and conclusion


4. What are the Value Conflicts and Assumptions?

--in prescriptive arguments
--in the movement from reasons to conclusions


5. What are the Descriptive Assumptions?


6. Are There any Errors in Reasoning?


7. How Good is the Evidence?


8. Are there Rival Causes?


9. Are the Statistics Deceptive?


10. What Significant Information Is Omitted?


11. What Reasonable Conclusions are Possible?

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