PHIL 1104: Critical Thinking

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Course Format Lecture 3.0 h + Seminar 1.0 h + Lab. 0.0 h
Credits 3.0

Course Description

Thinking critically means knowing how to support your beliefs and actions with good reasons and how to evaluate reasons given by others. In this course, you will learn to distinguish good from bad arguments as they occur in everyday discussions, including in the news media, political campaigns, advertising, and other contexts. The goal is to help you to cultivate a solid habit of going through life as a critical thinker, which should lead to better reasoned decision-making, rather than decisions based on unexamined opinions, impulse, prejudice, or social pressure. Students will be taught, through extensive examples, how to understand, criticize, and construct arguments, and how to recognize common errors in reasoning.

ESL students who have difficulty reading or writing English may find this course challenging. They are encouraged to discuss their participation in this course with the instructor.

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