Critical Thinking (PHIL*2100)
Term: Winter 2013
Critical thinking is about argumentation; it's about the ability to recognize arguments and to assess their merits, as well as to create one's own, skills that are crucial in the practice of rationally supporting one's beliefs and in persuading others. This introductory course in critical thinking will cover the fundamental building blocks of argument construction and criticism, with the goal of improving one's reasoning in textual dialogue (reading, reflection, written response). While these skills can be quite formal, this course emphasizes their application to diverse practical examples, which will allow students to transfer the acquired skills to other important domains such as personal decision making, academic/intellectual endeavours in any discipline, and sober democratic participation.