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Brian Lars Enden
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

In this course, we will focus on the difficult question, "What is good reasoning?" The first part of the course will be devoted to the challenge of developing the skills of reading and writing critically. We will then turn our attention to rhetoric and fallacious reasoning. The last and most demanding part of the course will be an in depth analysis of argumentation. We will focus primarily on practical argumentation (as opposed to mathematical argumentation), with an emphasis on scientific, moral, legal, and aesthetic reasoning. TEXT: Critical Thinking, Moore, Parker

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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 Brian Lars Enden
Date: 03/30/2008