Philosophy | Thinking and Reasoning
P105 | 3345 | McCarty
This class will be a presentation of the elements of informal logic at the
introductory level which gives students an opportunity to practice techniques for
the analysis and evaluation of everyday arguments. Techniques include the
construction of argument diagrams, simple tests for informal validity, methods of
fallacy recognition and the creation of tableaux. Arguments to which these
techniques are applied will be drawn from such sources as Supreme Court
decisions, magazine advertisements and newspaper editorials.
In addition to frequent assignments, students will complete a number of in-class,
hour examinations and a final exam.