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PHL 123: Critical Thinking

This course is designed to provide and foster an environment within which students can learn the basic principles of reasoning at the introductory level, and how to use these principles in informal discourse and argumentation. Although students will be introduced to some basic deductive (formal) argument forms, the focus of the course will be on inductive (informal) argumentation, since inductive reasoning is the form of argumentation that is most prevalent in our contemporary discourses, including philosophical, political, legal, ethical and religious discourse. Consequently, the student, by learning the principles of inductive argumentation, can learn how to think and argue in critically appropriate and successful ways about important topics and themes.

Level I Prereq: Academic Reading and Writing Levels of 6

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