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Art of Argument

Course Catalog ID:
2661
Subject Categories:
Academic Elective
Description

While Propositional Logic deals with deductive logic, Art of Argument introduces inductive logic. Students today are practically bombarded with inductive arguments — from school, news and social networks, church, peers — that make a full range of political, economic, social, religious, and scientific claims. The goal of this class is to give students tools and skills to assess validity of these arguments by analyzing “fallacies” (i.e., faulty reasoning) that commonly appear in inductive arguments. The text for this class is Classical Academic Press’s The Art of Argument, supplemented by a variety of real-world examples and case studies. Students will complete weekly assignments evaluating a series of arguments and providing a written analysis. These assignments will be reviewed and discussed during a portion of the weekly class time, so considerable on-mic participation is required.

Prerequisites
Grade Levels*:
9, 10, 11, 12
* Enrollment restricted based on Date of Birth and Grad Year (whichever is more limiting). Enrollment outside these levels requires written concurrence from TPS Support.
Readiness
• Successful completion (75% or higher) of TPS Propositional Logic
━ OR ━
• Successful completion (75% or higher) of TPS Logic and Apologetics
━ OR ━
• Successful completion of Readiness Test

“I love, love, loved this course! The fallacies that are discussed over the course of the semester are fascinating, well-explained, and dashed with humor. The material has already proved practical in helping me think more rationally about conflicts presented to me.”

Aspen F
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Student

“I would recommend this course if you want to learn more about how to make a valid argument properly and if you want to learn how to properly break apart an argument.”

Mandy S
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Student

“This is a fun class where you learn to construct arguments that are fallacy free and to refute arguments based on logical reasoning.”

Micah P
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Student
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