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. In this course we shall also be introducing several advanced topics, including the nature of conductive arguments, counter-considerations and confirmation bias. 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
Not available to students who have completed PHL201 Critical Reasoning.
- 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 - Conductive arguments and counter considerations
The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of PHL401 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).
The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.