Philosophy | Thinking and Reasoning
P105 | 6128 | Diener


This is a class about arguments  not the nasty kind you may have
had with your mother or best friend, but the kind that we use
everyday to persuade other people (or ourselves) that various
conclusions are true.
Throughout the semester we will discuss different types of
deductive and inductive arguments and will learn how to both
identify and evaluate them.  Some of the interesting and
enlightening topics we will cover include the difference between
truth and validity, fallacies that people often use when giving
arguments, and categorical syllogisms, as well as a brief foray into
simple formal logic.  In addition to preparing you for more advanced
classes in logic, this course has all sorts of practical payoffs as
you will be equipped to recognize and respond to the arguments that
are made around you every day.  Who knows, the class may even help
you win some arguments of the nastier kind.  You do not need any
background in philosophy, logic, or heated arguing to take this
course, but know that our study of arguments will be both rigorous
and meticulous.  Grades will be based on frequent small homework
assignments as well as three exams.  If you have any questions about
this course, please feel free to email me at ddiener@indiana.edu.