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PHIL 120 - Introduction to Critical Reasoning (GEKH)


An introduction to the techniques of identifying and evaluating arguments. The emphasis will be on the enhancement of reasoning skills through the study of arguments in their natural setting in newspapers, political speeches, advertising, etc. The course also may include such related topics as fallacies, inductive reasoning and the logic of explanation in the social sciences.

Credit Hours: 3 hrs
Knowledge of the Disciplines:

Critical reasoning is the methodology of philosophy, and philosophy is one of the central disciplines of the humanities. Critical reasoning is useful to everyone. it is the primary method used to analyze and evaluate the information we encounter daily. In this course, students learn to analyze written text from a variety of sources, to distinguish rhetoric from reason, and to distinguish good reasoning from bad. They are given opportunities to critique persuasive text from the history of philosophy to the rhetoric of talk television and to create arguments that stand up to vigorous critique. PHIL 120 Introduction to Critical Reasoning introduces students to philosophy by way of critical reasoning.
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