Critical Thinking (PHIL*2100)
Term: Fall 2014
An argument is a set of statements (the premises of the argument) that is intended to provide rational support for some further statement (the conclusion of the argument). We use arguments to convince ourselves and others that some view or position is rationally supported. The purpose of a critical thinking class is to make you better at identifying, analyzing, criticizing, writing about, and constructing arguments. The core text for this course is Good Reasoning Matters! A Constructive Approach to Critical Thinking. It provides the basic tools for construction and developing strong arguments and for assessing arguments.
The course ranges widely over a number of important philosophical topics: truth, knowledge, scientific method, bad reasoning. It also introduces important and useful concepts in the psychological study of reasoning as well as logical concepts.
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