PHIL 173: Logic and Critical Thinking

PHIL 173-DL1: Logic and Critical Thinking
(Fall 2021)


Section Information for Fall 2021

This course will cover the essentials of logic and critical thinking.  This includes, but is not limited to: basic critical thinking skills, such as spotting logical fallacies in various contexts (editorials, political speeches, arguments with coworkers, friends, family members and so on), the structure of arguments (how to dissect arguments), the basics of deductive logic, and—just as important—why Sherlock Holmes incorrectly uses the term “deduction”. 

No textbook required! All readings are posted on Blackboard. The course is asynchronous, so it involves pre-recorded lectures— but they are sometimes funny. There are quizzes, tests, and discussion assignments as well, which are all geared towards improving your critical thinking skills. For students planning to apply to law school, a training in logic and critical thinking may help with preparing for the LSAT.

PHIL 173 DL1 is a distance education section.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Basic concepts and techniques of deduction, emphasizing the modern treatment of such topics as quantification and rules of inference, with study of the classical treatment. Basic principles of induction, informal fallacies, and uses of logic in everyday life. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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