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Thinking Critically, Seventh Edition
John Chaffee et al.
Additional Chapter Activities
Chapter 7: Forming and Applying Concepts

  1. Concepts are defined in terms of both general qualities and specific examples. Concepts change over time, however. The concept of war, for example, has become culturally central since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Write a short essay in which you discuss what your modern concept of war is and how you think that might be different from someone's concept of war in the 1940s, during World War II.

  2. In a short essay, think about how you are classified based on certain concepts or organizing principles. (As a student, for example, you are likely classified in a number of different ways.) Are these instances of classification always necessarily negative or harmful?


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