Spring 2020 - PHIL 105 J200
Critical Thinking (3)
Class Number: 8318
Delivery Method: In Person
An introduction to the evaluation of arguments as they are encountered in everyday life. The central aim will be to sharpen skills of reasoning and argumentation by understanding how arguments work and learning to distinguish those which actually prove what they set out to show from those which do not. Open to all students. Student with credit for PHIL XX1 may not take this course for further credit. Q/Breadth-Social Sci/Sciences.
An argument presents a set of reasons for believing a particular claim. This course is an introduction to the evaluation of arguments as they are encountered in everyday life. The central aim will be to sharpen skills of reasoning and argumentation by understanding how arguments work and to learn to distinguish those that actually prove what they set out to demonstrate from those that do not. The course includes the study of basic types of reasoning, the structure of argument, and criteria of argument assessment, particularly arguments that are ‘inductive’.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
PHIL 105 may be applied towards the Quantitative Requirement, and the Breadth-Social Sciences Requirement OR the Breadth-Science Requirement (but not both; student can choose which Breadth requirement to satisfy and plan enrollment in other courses accordingly).
Note: PHIL 105 has replaced PHIL XX1. If you have taken PHIL XX1 in the past and you enroll in PHIL 105, it will be considered a repeat.
- First test 20%
- Second test 30%
- Final exam - see note below 40%
- Class participation (assessed on the basis of both attendance and contributions to class discussion) 10%
NOTE: Due to Covid-19 pandemic, final exam is switched to take-home exam.
Merrilee Salmon. Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking 6th edition
Department Undergraduate Notes:
Thinking of a Philosophy Major or Minor? The Concentration in Law and Philosophy? The Certificate in Ethics? The Philosophy and Methodology of Science Certificate?
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