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Walter S. Clifton
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

This course focuses on argumentation--how to identify an argument, how to evaluate an argument, how to construct a good argument. By looking at deductive, inductive, scientific, and moral reasoning we will get clear on what underlies good argumentation. We will also read contemporary and classical essays in order to apply what we have learned along the way.

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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 Sara L. Caka
Date: 08/14/2008