Philosophy | Thinking and Reasoning
P105 | 25983 | Savion
Why do smart people acquire weird beliefs, hold on to them against
all evidence, do stupid things, and fail systematically in their
To be better equipped to deal with this question we will study some
basic rules of correct reasoning in Propositional Logic and in
Syllogism, and the classification and impact of formal and informal
pervasive fallacies. The course focuses on erroneous beliefs: their
sources, the roles of cognitive limitations, pet-theories, and
metacognition in thinking, and practical applications of deviations
from the logical norms of belief formation, inference, and behavior.
Final grade is based on class participation, discussion quizzes,
group project, tests, homework assignments, and a final exam.