Philosophy | Thinking and Reasoning
P105 | 13683 | McCarty
Logic is the study of persuasive reasoning and the principal goal of
our P105 is to offer students a working knowledge of informal logic
at the introductory level. This we separate into three component
areas: recognition, analysis, and evaluation of reasoning. In the
first, we learn to distinguish reasoning from other forms of
communication, among them narratives and causal explanations. Next,
in analyzing reasoning, we apply such techniques from logic as
argument diagrams to understand the structures of arguments, the
units of reasoning. Finally, we learn to evaluate reasoning and to
improve our own reasoning by employing the important notions of
validity and fallacy.
In addition to a final examination, there will be three in-class
examinations, weekly assignments, and daily quizzes.