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Introduction to Critical Thinking

PHIL - 190

Credits: 3

Catalog Year: 2017

This course presents critical thinking as a set of conceptual tools and analytical skills used for better understanding and evaluating the world around us. Classroom time is divided between (1) the development of basic concepts and evaluative frameworks used in critical thinking and (2) practice in applying these concepts and frameworks. Topics covered include distinction between belief and knowledge, the nature of argument, inductive and deductive reasoning, the function of language and rhetoric in writing and speaking, and informal fallacies.