Philosophy | Thinking and reasoning
P105 | 6130 | Gonnerman


The purpose of this course is to learn the basics of the study of
thinking and reasoning, or that of argumentation and arguments. Far
from its ordinary association with fighting, we will take
argumentation to be the process of giving reasons, often for or
against actions or beliefs. We will take arguments to be a product
of this process. Our principal concern will be with the
identification, analysis, and evaluation of the parts and products
of argumentation.

This course is introductory in the sense that it does not presuppose
any prior study of argumentation and arguments. But it does presume
that the student has engaged in argumentation at some point in
his/her life.