Philosophy | Thinking and Reasoning
P105 | 3360 | Savion

Why do smart people have weird beliefs, do stupid things, and fail
systematically in their reasoning?

To be better equiped to deal with this question, we will study some
bsic rules of correct reasoning in propositional logic and in
Syllogism, and the classification and the impact of formal and
informal pervasive fallacies.  Other topics include the roles of
language, definitions, theories, and metacognition in thinking; stages
in problem solving; and practical applications of deviations from the
logical norms of belief formation, inference, and behavior.

Final grade is based on class participation, individual project, group
presentation, two quizzes and a final exam.

Text: Schick and Vaughan, How to Think About Weird Things (Mayfield).

For more information contact the instructor, Leah Savion at lsavion.