Reasoning is a skill, and this course aims to hone that skill. It is an introduction to logic that emphasizes concepts and methods useful for practical analysis of arguments in everyday contexts. Some of the questions we will engage are: what is reasoning? what does it mean to be rational? what are the most common ways people fail to be rational? what makes an argument good or bad? how can arguments be evaluated? After completing the course, students will have encountered and developed many of the abilities essential for philosophical and everyday reasoning.
TEXT: Reason and Argument, Richard Feldman.