Philosophy | Thinking and Reasoning
P105 | 28749 | Jankovic, Marija


This course is an informal study of arguments and their rational
merits.  It is designed to teach students to develop good arguments,
respond critically to bad arguments, and put arguments into written
form effectively. The ultimate goal is to help the students develop
the habit of systematic and careful thinking, and engage with the
arguments they encounter in the manner of rational thinkers.

We will examine arguments drawn from various sources  sample
essays, newspaper columns, and videos  and introduce methods to
asses and describe their rational merits and weaknesses. As this is
an introductory course, no prior experience with logic or philosophy
is assumed.

Text: Richard Feldman, Reason and Argument, 2nd edition (Prentice
Hall).