Practical Reasoning

This course covers methods for understanding and evaluating reasoning, arguments and inferences, of the sort found in daily life, political speeches, academic writing and beyond. We address such questions as: What is the structure of an argument? What considerations are relevant for determining its strength and cogency? What sorts of appeals to quantitative and scientific data are appropriate, and what sorts aren't? How can we understand and overcome cognitive biases?

Course Details

Campus: 
Amherst
Format: 
Online
Level: 
Undergraduate
Subject: 
Philosophy
Number: 
PHIL 105
Semester: 
Fall 2019
Registration Status: 
Closed
Registration: 
Monday, June 3, 2019 to Monday, September 16, 2019