Principles of Critical Reasoning

PHILOS XL 9

This course examines the nature of arguments: how to analyze them and assess the soundness of the reasoning they represent.

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What you can learn.

  • Learn to construct and assess arguments
  • Learn common fallacies
  • Explore standards for deductive and inductive arguments
  • Discover how to use and evaluate scientific reasoning
  • Learn to reason about probability

About this course:

This course will explore a variety of issues related to the relationship between mind, body, and brain, such as: What makes you you? What is your mind—is it just your brain, or is it something else? How can things that seem as different as minds and bodies interact? What is consciousness? Can we explain it solely in terms of physical facts, or is there more to the world than the physical? Can machines think? Do you have free will? Are you determined to do what you do? If so, can you still be free to do what you want? Can you still be held morally responsible for your actions? Transferable for UC credit.

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