Philosophy | Thinking and Reasoning
P105 | 3214 | 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.