An Introduction to Critical Thinking and Creativity: Think by J. Y. F. Lau

By J. Y. F. Lau

This ebook is set the elemental rules that underlie severe pondering and creativity. nearly all of the content material is on severe considering for the reason that extra subject matters are certainly concerned and because they are often mentioned simply and systematically. the previous couple of chapters are dedicated to creativity and examine technique, no longer ordinary the book’s plethora of festival. every one bankruptcy introduces a particular subject, frequently by way of introducing the proper theories at the side of real looking examples that exhibit how the theories may be utilized. each one bankruptcy concludes with a collection of workouts whose options are designated on the rear of the e-book. whereas the writing kind is purposefully casual, the presentation is entire, at the very least with admire to the meant introductory point.

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5 Insider trading is a crime in most countries. Suppose you are a legislator trying to draft regulation prohibiting insider trading. How would you define it? What about this definition: Insider trading is any sale or purchase of the shares or bonds of a company that relies on information about the internal operations of the company. 6 Consider this definition of domestic violence from a 2004 UK crime survey: Any violence between current or former partners in an intimate relationship, wherever and whenever the violence occurs.

There is of course a long story about the history of the term and why it is these seven sins that appear on the list. However, this history is not relevant to the definition of the list. 2 Avoid circularity A good definition should avoid circularity. A circular definition is one where the definiens cannot be understood without knowing the meaning of the definiendum. " This definition is circular because we cannot fully explain what clocks and watches are without taking them as instruments that measure time.

Precising definitions allow us to refine questions, so we can gain a better understanding of how to answer them. 4 CRITERIA FOR GOOD DEFINITIONS We have said that a reportive definition should not be too wide or too narrow. Here are more criteria for evaluating all kinds of definitions, not just reportive ones. 1 Use intensional definitions if possible Philosophers very often draw a distinction between the extension and intension of a term (or concept). The extension of a term is the set of things to which the term applies.

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