Fall 2011 Schedule of Courses

PHILOSOPHY 105: LOGIG AND CRITICAL REASONING

MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY
SECTION 1, 10:00 - 10:50 A.M.
SECTION 2, 11:00 - 11:50 A.M.

PROFESSOR NICOLETA APOSTOL

REQUIRED TEXT
Bruce N. Waller, Critical Thinking: Consider the Verdict, 6th ed. (rev.)
Articles on Electronic Reserve

COURSE CONTENT
This course introduces students to new ways of thinking about a wide range of theoretically and practically significant topics. We will study fundamental principles and strategies of assessing discourse of any kind, as well as apply such principles and strategies to seemingly familiar and practical concerns. These concerns will be drawn from, but not limited to, problems from ethics and politics, discussions of scientific data through mass media, relevance and misuse of elementary mathematics, logical puzzles, language analysis. This class will enable students to better assess their own as well as other people's beliefs, and will provide them with more rigorous skills necessary for a sound decision making process.

COURSE FORMAT
Lecture and discussions. The final grade will be based on several in-class tests and home assignments.