This subject is an introduction to informal logic and the nature of argument, especially as it relates to real-life settings. It is designed to develop the intellectual virtues of clear thinking and rational decision-making. Students will learn to accurately interpret the many types of arguments they encounter on a day to day basis, from the mundane to exotic. They will learn not only to distinguish good arguments from bad, but also to consistently construct good arguments for themselves. From common sense to abstract reasoning, this subject promises to help each student develop the tools necessary for all other rational pursuits.
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
- What is an argument? - Pinning down argument structure - When is an argument a good one? - Looking at language - Premises: What to accept and why - Working on relevance - Deductions: categorical logic - An introduction to inductive arguments - Causal inductive arguments - Analogies: Reasoning from case to case
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