— PHIL 201 (3)
Examination of the basic principles of constructing good arguments and criticizing bad ones. Among the topics covered are deductive and inductive reasoning, appeals to emotion, personal attack, uses and abuses of expert opinion, and techniques for converting everyday reasoning into standard logical form. Emphasis is placed on applying the reasoning skills developed in the course to such contemporary issues as abortion rights, affirmative action, racism, and civil disobedience.
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