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Philosophy 1200
Eric Desjardins

I Welcome to Critical Thinking! Your instructors I Fall: I David B O U R G E T I Winter: I Eric Desjardins Today I About yours instructors I Course overview I Introductory material: identifying arguments About me I A computer scientist refurbished into a philosopher I Philosophy of mind, language, and computing I Normally director of the Center for Computing in Philosophy in Big London To contact me I Come to my office hours I Office (provisional): Stevenson Hall 4135 (it says “Angela Mendelovici” on the door) I Hours: MW 2:30-3:30 I Write to [email protected] Eric Desjardins I Philosopher of biology I Contact details TBA. Course overview I The syllabus/outline and a detailed schedule are on OWL. Course overview I The goal: to help you acquire general tools, skills, and knowledge that will make you better at understanding and assessing various forms of reasoning in everyday life, academic, and professional contexts. Course overview I Topics: I argument identification and evaluation I fallacy detection I formal symbolization of arguments I deductive and inductive reasoning I the influence of social and psychological factors on our judgments I the structure of scientific reasoning I how to interpret statistics I theories of moral reasoning I how to assess claims put forward by the media and popular press Course overview I Critical Thinking aims to equip you with the skills and knowledge that people acquire while doing philosophy. Course overview I Critical Thinking aims to equip you with the skills and knowledge that people acquire while doing philosophy. I These skills really help philosophy majors on the job market and in graduate studies GRE scores GRE scores GRE scores Course overview I Texts: I Fall: Hughes & Lavery, Critical Thinking, 5th edition I Winter: Kenyon, Clear Thinking in a Blurry World Course requirements I 4% participation I 36% assignments I 20% over five applied assignments (four in groups) I 16% over four theoretical assignments I 30% midyear exam I 30% final exam I See syllabus on OWL for more details Is it hard? I Is it hard? Is it hard? I Is it hard? I No, but you need to work hard. Important rules I All assignments must be submitted BOTH on Turnitin and on OWL unless otherwise specified in class or the assignment instructions. I Assignments that are handed in late will incur a 5% penalty per day (including weekends) for up to 50%. I If you require accommodation for a missed/late assignment or exam, you must obtain a note from your counsellor in your home faculty. Important rules I Do not plagiarize. I Read the policy information provided by the department and the University to know what this involves. There is a link in the syllabus. Class preparation, tutorials I The readings for each lecture are posted in the class schedule on OWL (in the “syllabus” section). I Make sure to do the readings before the class. I The tutorials will normally cover the “self-test” and “questions for discussion” sections immediately after we have covered the relevant material in the lectures. What is an argument? I The first half of this course is almost exclusively about arguments. Arguments - our definition I Arguments are sets of sta
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