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Alma College

 PHL103: Critical Thinking

Fall 2006
Critical Thinking

INSTRUCTOR: Larry Hauser

email:  hauser@alma.edu
Office:  SAC 347 Phone: 7219

Office Hours:
Tu 4:00-5:50

Virtual Office:
http://members.aol.com/lshauser/virtoff.html

Leroy ponders
                          induction in the morning.
THE LOCKHORNS by Hoest & Reiner 1999 Bunny Hoest Enterprises Inc. ?

REQUIRED TEXT: A Guide to Good Reasoning, David C. Wilson, McGraw-Hill & Student Solutions Manual.
ONLINE RESOURCES: Discussion Forums (http://courses.alma.edu/)

DESCRIPTION: This class provides an informal introduction to logic with a focus on its application to the evaluation of arguments and other would-be persuasive discourse (e.g., advertising and propaganda). Our emphasis is on reasoning in  the wild.  Students will learn to recognize, clarify, and evaluate arguments culled from a variety of "real world" sources (newspaper editorials, advertising copy, song lyrics, etc.) and to formulate arguments of their own. Topics include meaning, truth, deduction, consistency, validity, induction, ambiguity, vagueness, fallacies, and statistics.  (See calendar below for approximate dates and details.)

GRADES WILL BE BASED ON

ASSIGNMENT
DUE DATES & EXPLANATIONS
 VALUE
4 Tests
see scheduled dates below
3/4 of course
Class Participation
as scheduled (optional)
1/4 of course

Final Examination

none
none

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http://www.alma.edu/offices/studentaffairs/section1.php#Academic Integrity

My classroom is rated R: lectures & discussion may include adult themes and language.


APPROXIMATE COURSE CALENDAR
Class regularly meets 1:00-4:00 Tuesday in SAC309 (note exceptions below) 
MONDAY TUESDAY: 1-2:20 TUESDAY: 2:30-3:50 WEDNESDAY
Sept. 4
Reasoning & Arguments (W1): 1-28
What Makes an Argument (W2): 28-64
Sept. 6
Sept. 11
Clarifying Arguments (W3): 67-80
Clarifying Arguments (W3): 80-89
Sept. 13
Sept. 18
Streamlining (W4): 90-108
Streamlining (W4): 108-116
Sept. 20
Sept. 25
Specifying (W5): 118-134
  Specifying (W5): 134-148
Sept. 27
Oct. 2
Structuring (W6): 149-164
Test 1
Oct. 4
Oct. 9
Evaluating (W7): 167-180
Fallacies (W8): 182-206 & Probability: handout
Oct. 11
Oct. 16
fall break
fall break
Oct. 18
Oct. 23
Truth (W9): 209-244
Deduction (W10): 247-271
Oct. 25
Oct. 30
Test 2
If-then Arguments (W11): 272-283
Nov. 1
Nov. 6

If-then Arguments (W11): 284-309

Either-or Arguments & More (W12): 310-323
Nov. 8
Nov. 13
Either-or Arguments & More (W12): 323-340
Test 3
Nov. 15
Nov. 20
Induction (W13): Frequency Arguments : 343-365
Inductive Generalization (W14):366-376  
Nov. 22
Nov. 27
Inductive Generalization (W14): 377-401
Arguments from Analogy (W15): 402-407
Nov. 29
Dec. 4

Arguments from Analogy (W15): 412-424

Test 4
Dec. 6
Dec. 11
Finals Week
 Dec. 12
Finals Week
Dec. 12
Finals Week
Dec. 13
Finals Week

Final Examination Schedule:
http://www.alma.edu/services/registrar/exams.php

Alma 2006-7 Academic Calendar
http://www.alma.edu/services/registrar/calendar.php