Philosophy | Thinking and Reasoning
P105 | 13367 | McMyler, Sam


We use arguments in everyday life in order to convince others of our
positions.  By “argument,” I mean a structured group of statements
in which reasons are offered in support of a conclusion.  Whether
our interlocutors ought to be convinced by our arguments depends on
our offering of good arguments.  In this course, we will study
arguments in detail.  We will focus on the reconstruction and
critical analysis of a variety of arguments.  Our study will also
include the development of a formal system for expressing those
arguments.  Prior experience with philosophy is not a requirement
for this course.  However, you should be willing to engage with
arguments in detail.
The text for the course is: Cederblom, Jerry and Paulsen, David.
Critical Reasoning (Sixth Edition).  Thomson Wadsworth, 2006.  ISBN-
10: 0-534-60507-9.  Be sure to get the sixth edition.  Although the
textbook is expensive, it shouldn’t be too difficult to find a used
copy.