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Critical Inquiry

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The mind is a terrible thing.

Course Description

Critical Inquiry is designed to introduce students to methods of reasoning, including causal reasoning, fallacy avoidance,  and the practical application of critical thinking methods in their personal and private lives. Specifically, students familiarize themselves with a variety of methods of reasoning, including causal reasoning, general inductive reasoning, deductive logic, and methods and principles of explanation.

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If you bought the textbook, you have access to a wealth of online resources here.


Practice Tests



Written by Michael LaBossiere

August 11, 2011 at 9:18 pm

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  1. Dr. LaBossiere, is there a due date for us to turn in all of these assignments at one time or do we turn them in each class?

    Sierra T.

    September 4, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    • Except for unusual circumstances, there will be 1-2 assignments due each Wednesday.

      The assignment for 9/5/2012 is Assignment #3: Exercise 1-5 (2,5), Exercise 1-6 (9), Exercise 1-7 (2,5)

      Michael LaBossiere

      September 4, 2012 at 5:55 pm

  2. Ok, thanks Dr. LaBossiere. So is it okay if I turn in the already completed assignments 1 & 2 on 9/5/12 along with assignment 3 since I was unaware of us having to turn them in on Wednesdays?

    Sierra T.

    September 4, 2012 at 7:28 pm

  3. Dr. LaBossiere I left my assignment paper at home, I do not remember what the last assignment was. Could you please let me know so i could hurry and complete it now.

    Crystal Ferguson

    September 19, 2012 at 5:31 pm

  4. how do i find the assignment 5-1 2,4,5,6,7 due weds

    John McMillon

    September 25, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    • The assignments for Wednesday are in Chapter 5 of the textbook. As I mentioned in class on Monday, you’ll need access to the text book for the assignments.

      Michael LaBossiere

      September 25, 2012 at 3:17 pm

  5. For assignment 5-1 and 5-5 , I have Edition 9 of the book are the questions the same or different?

    Shanay Mayes

    September 25, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    • Different-the 9th edition had those questions as multiple choice. The publishers try to change the editions enough so that using earlier editions is difficult. After all, they are in the business of selling new editions (only the re-sellers make money on the used books).

      Michael LaBossiere

      September 25, 2012 at 10:07 pm

      • Okay, as of now since the assignment is due tomorrow. Would I be able to answer the questions anyways from my book or no?

        Shanay Mayes

        September 26, 2012 at 12:19 am

      • I no longer have a copy of the earlier edition, but the answer key for 5-1 is different from the current 5-1. Also, I did not assign 5-5 in the previous edition so I am not sure if that corresponds to the current edition or not.

        Based on a quick look at the answer keys, there are some similarities but also lots of differences. Probably your best bet would be to borrow someone’s current edition to do the assignments.

        Michael LaBossiere

        September 26, 2012 at 3:46 pm

  6. Dr. LaBossiere what assignments are due on Wednesday Oc. 30?

    Siera B.

    October 29, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    • Oct 31

      Siera B.

      October 29, 2012 at 7:35 pm

      • Here are the assignments from October 31-November 14

        Due October 31
        Assignment #16: 10-15 (3,5,6,8)
        Assignment #17: 10-22 (2,3,5,6,8)

        Due November 7
        Assignment #18: 11-1 (2,3,5,6,8)
        Assignment #19: 11-7 (2,3,6,8,9)

        Due November 14
        Assignment #20: 11-10 (5,6,8,9,12)
        Assignment #21: 11-22 (2,3,5,8,9)

        Michael LaBossiere

        October 30, 2012 at 3:34 pm

  7. What about the quizzes how many do we have left?


    November 29, 2012 at 3:34 pm

  8. Where can we find the survey?


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