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Undergraduate Course Details
Number PHL 125
Title Critical Reasoning
Credits 3.0
Distribution DI
Fall 2016 Classes
Sec Ref # Dates Days Times Location Instructor
S1 1869 TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA
01 2351 TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA
02 2352 9/7/16 - 12/23/16 WF 12:15pm - 1:30pm SB-210 Mark D Gedney
03 2353 9/7/16 - 12/23/16 TBA TBA Online Mandy Lobraico

Description

The goal of the course is to foster important cognitive and communication skills. Students will consider the structure of arguments (premises, inferences and conclusions) and the difference between inductive and deductive logic. Students will study how some uses of language, especially of ambiguous, vague or emotive terms, detract from good reasoning and how writers can remedy these defects. Students will learn to recognize some common informal fallacies. Students will examine several concepts essential in scientific and other inductive inquiries, including causal reasoning, inductive generalization, statistical reasoning, analogical reasoning and reasoning from accepted authority. Finally, the course will help students to gain greater media literacy. Critical Reasoning is recommended for students in all majors. Not open to students who have received credit for Principles of Logic (PHL201). Three lecture hours per week.