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PHI 1101 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: George Orwell, Vagueness, Christopher Hitchens

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PHI 1101
Laura Byrne

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University of Ottawa
Philosophy 1101G, Fall 2014
Fridays 10:00 am -11:30 am and Tuesdays 8:30 am -10:00 am Montpetit (MNT), Room 202
Instructor: Dean Wm. Lauer, Ph.D.
Office: DMS 8113, Wednesdays 2:45pm - 4:30pm.
That which is submitted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence.
- Christopher Hitchens
Additional Help:
PHI 1101G teaching assistants: Shane Fair (, Tuesdays DMS 8120 11-12h30
Chr. Zamat (, Tuesdays DMS 8124 10-11h.
○ Student Academic Success Service (SASS) –
○ Philosophy tutors, 125B Simard -
We follow the university’s description for this course – “Development of fundamental skills in reasoning and critical
thinking through the study of argument types, logical structures, criteria used in the evaluation of arguments, and
forms of fallacious reasoning.
Teaching Method:
Primarily lecturing
Content/Subject Matter:
We learn the basic elements of reasoning and thinking; reasoning and critical thinking is not about what we think but
about how we think.
This subject matter is heavily methodological because it deals primarily with the mechanics of thinking, rather than
the content of thought - the how rather than the what. The key to success in this course is not memorizing the
principles of good reasoning but attempting to apply them in practice repeatedly, just as one practices a second
language as opposed to memorizing its grammatical form. Consequently, attending class, devoting time to reading the
text, and working through the exercises are essential to becoming fluent in the discourse of logic.
All students at this university are contractually obliged to follow the Regulations for Undergraduate Studies,
specifically concerning honesty ( Note that disruptive talking,
particularly talking that bothers other students is not allowed. Students that fail the heed this rule after being warned
will have marks deducted from their final grade.
Monday, September 29 is the last day to add an auditor´s amendment/drop a class with full refund. Friday, November
14 is the last day to drop a class (without financial refund).
NOTA BENE: All candidates must sit the final examination.
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