Philosophy | Thinking and Reasoning
P105 | 1434 | Kim


How do you make your arguments - in everyday conversations, class
presentations or term papers?  Maybe your ways of making arguments are not
as effective as you might expect.  Also you might have experiences with
convincing but faulty arguments.  But what exactly makes them faulty?  If you do
not want to end up buying bad arguments, you need a shopper's guide for better
arguments.  In this course you will learn how to tell good arguments from bad
ones.  Topics include: 1. The nature of good arguments.  2. Definition.  3.
Informal fallacies.  4. The construction of argument diagram and 5. The
construction of truth tables.

Since this is a Philosophy course, you will see some examples of reasoning from
well-known philosophers.  You will be often requested to present your ideas in
class.  Class participation (10%) is important to understand the material.  There
will be frequent assignments (30%), three short exams (30%), and a final exam
(30%).

Required text: Patrick Hurley, A Concise Introduction to Logic, 6th ed.