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.
We encounter arguments in all spheres of our daily lives. Arguments, whether made by family members, scientists, politicians or the media, are tendered in support of some position or other. This course is designed to introduce you to the various forms of argumentation and the ways to assess the strengths/limitations of those arguments. By the end of the course, you should be able to extract arguments from a variety of sources, reconstruct those arguments, and offer a philosophical analysis of each. Goals and Objectives: *Identify the Different Forms of Argumentation *Extract and Reconstruct Arguments from Different Media *Develop Strategies for Critically Evaluating Each Form TEXT: "Reason and Argument" (2nd edition), Richard Feldman; and electronic sources to supplement weekly objectives.
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