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Cover of An Introduction to Critical Thinking and Creativity: Think More, Think Better

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An argument, in the context of critical thinking, is not a dispute. Rather it consists of one or more statements and a conclusion. The statements that offer evidence of the conclusion are referred to as premises. The first step in determining if an argument is valid is to identify the parts. Several examples are provided in this selection. Of course, this activity can be more complex in reality.