Course Syllabus
PART I: HOW TO ANALYZE ARGUMENTS (or identify, simplify, and arrange their parts to show how they are connected in a structure)
  • Week One: How to Spot an Argument
  • Week Two: How to Untangle an Argument
  • Week Three: How to Reconstruct an Argument
PART II: HOW TO EVALUATE DEDUCTIVE ARGUMENTS (or determine whether their premises validly imply their conclusions)
  • Week Four: Propositional Logic and Truth Tables
  • Week Five:  Categorical Logic and Syllogisms
PART III: HOW TO EVALUATE INDUCTIVE ARGUMENTS (or determine whether their premises provide enough reason to believe their conclusions)
  • Week Six: What are Inductive Arguments?
  • Week Seven: Causal Reasoning
  • Week Eight:  Probability and Decisions
PART IV:  HOW TO MESS UP ARGUMENTS (or commit common but tempting fallacies)
  • Week Nine:  Fallacies of Vagueness and Ambiguity
  • Week Ten: Fallacies of Relevance and Vacuity
  • Week Eleven: How to Refute an Argument
  • Week Twelve: How to Apply these Methods to Everyday Arguments