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Ann Michelle Baker
PHIL 115
Seattle Campus

Practical Reasoning

Introduction to logic emphasizing concepts and methods useful for practical analysis of arguments in everyday contexts; meaning, syllogisms, logical diagrams, inductive and statistical inference, informal fallacies, argument structure, perhaps some beginning symbolic logic. Offered: AWSpS.

Class description

We are bombarded by arguments made by family, friends, policy makers, political candidates, news analysts, advertisers, and scientists. This course is designed to give you the analytic tools to evaluate the strength of their arguments. We will discuss the power and limitations of various types of argument, including statistical, causal, analogical, and legal inferences and arguments. TEXT: "Reason and Argument", Richard Feldman.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Annette R. Bernier
Date: 02/19/2014