108-10 syllabus

108-10 syllabus - 1 PHI 108 Logical and Critical Reasoning...

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PHI 108 Logical and Critical Reasoning Patrick Grim Fall 2010 General description: This course is designed to develop your talent for clear and careful thinking, and to improve mastery of content and logical argument in your reading and writing. The emphasis throughout is on general thinking skills. We are out to sharpen your wits and improve your conceptual skills whatever your major and for whatever work you choose to do later on. Particular topics will include general problem-solving strategies, the care and feeding of good arguments, bogus reasoning and how to demolish it, the power and pitfalls of elementary statistics, science vs. pseudoscience, basic probability and decision theory. In this course I'll try to teach you a range of thinking skills, applicable to whatever further work you choose to do. It's tough: like teaching someone how to ride a bike. Learning these kinds of intellectual skills takes concentration and commitment, patience and practice. But if you really master them, you'll be more successful at every thing academic that you do from now on. Topics in order (Roman numerals by topics). with readings and homeworks that you will be expected to do before we meet in lecture. I. Introduction Session 1: Tuesday, Aug. 31 Welcome to the course II. Concepts and Propositions: The Basics Prepare by class time on Thursday, Sept. 2: read The Art of Reasoning , pp. 1-7 and 11-28 Do homework #1 on-line Session 2: Thursday, Sept. 2 Concepts and Conceptual Relations reading pp. 1-7 and 11-28 and homework #1 due Due by class time on Tuesday, Sept. 7: read The Art of Reasoning , Chapter 4, pp. 59-79 Do homework #3 on line Session 3: Tuesday, Sept. 7 Propositions and Paradoxes reading and homework due Sept. 9  Rosh Hoshanah    no class Due by class on Tuesday, Sept. 14: Do review homework #4 on line 1
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Session 4: Tuesday, Sept. 14 First Quiz and An Introduction to Diagramming Arguments III. The Structure of Argument Due by class on Thursday, Sept. 16: read The Art of Reasoning , Chapter 5, pp. 87-116 Do homework #5 on line Session 5: Thursday, Sept. 16 Diagramming Arguments Due by class on Tuesday, Sept. 21: Take-Home Quiz: Constructing an Argument. Turned in at the beginning of class. Session 6: Tuesday, Sept. 21 More on Diagramming Arguments Due by class on Thursday, Sept. 23: Take-Home Quiz Part 2: Analyzing an Argument. Session 7: Thursday, Sept. 23:
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