Art of Argument
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.