Philosophy | Thinking and Reasoning
P105 | 3251 | Weinberg


This course is designed to help students think better -- to give them
a clearer sense of what constitute good and bad forms of argument,
and a better understanding of how scientists and philosophers go
about providing evidence for their claims.  There will be three basic
components: (a) the formal structure of symbolic logic, and the
notions of valid and invalid arguments that it provides; (b) accounts
of the scientific method, particularly as applied to debates about
the paranormal, UFOs, etc.; and (c) cognitive psychological theories
of human reasoning itself, to help us better see where our own
natural inferential tendencies can be trusted -- and, much more
importantly, where we can expect them to lead us astray.

The course will have weekly quizzes based on homework assignments; a
midterm; and a final examination