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SSH 105 Lecture Notes - False Premise

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Department
Social Sciences and Humanities
Course Code
SSH 105
Professor
David Hunter

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SSH 105 Critical Thinking - Practice Test
CHAPTER ONE
1. What makes critical thinking reasonable/reflective?
2. Does critical thinking have to be "critical" in the sense of being negative/skeptical?
Give an example.
3. Why is it good to think critically?
4. What are some obstacles to thinking critically?
5. What is the difference between realism and relativism?
6. What are some mistakes to avoid in critical thinking?
7. What are the three types of reasoning?
8. What is the difference between acceptable and sufficient reasons?
9. What is undermined and overridden?
10. Why is realism the default attitude to take in a subject area?
CHAPTER TWO
1. What is the difference between a disjunction on a conjunction?
2. What is asserted in the following?
a.) The restaurant was pretty disappointing: the fish was overcooked, the sauces
were boring and the service was terrible.
b.) Either the cook is angry or her spices are hotter than usual.
3. What is the difference between a necessary and sufficient condition? Could a necessary
condition be a sufficient one? Could a sufficient condition also be necessary? Give
examples.
4. What conditions are necessary and sufficient for a conjunction to be true? A
disjunction?
5. What does it mean when a definition is too broad/too narrow? What is a counter-
example?
6. What is the proper method to formulate a definition?
CHAPTER THREE
1. What is the difference between a premise and a conclusion?
2. Could an argument have more than one conclusion? If so, give an example.
3. What does the word "valid" mean for an argument? If an argument is valid, must its
premises be true?
4. If an argument has a false premise, might it still be valid? Explain.
5. What is the difference between an independent premises and dependant premises?
Give examples.
6. Do diagram problems in purple folder.
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