Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking

Duke University

Explore the world of logical reasoning and critical thinking with Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking. This course, offered by Duke University, provides a comprehensive overview of argument analysis, deduction, induction, and fallacy detection.

Throughout the course, you will delve into the essential components of arguments, learn to determine deductive validity, analyze various forms of inductive reasoning, and recognize and avoid common fallacies. By honing these skills, you will be better equipped to assess and construct persuasive arguments in various contexts, from everyday conversations to professional debates.

  • Enhance your ability to identify and appreciate arguments from others and construct your own
  • Understand deductive reasoning and determine the validity of arguments
  • Analyze and assess different forms of inductive arguments
  • Recognize and avoid common fallacies in reasoning

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Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking
Course Modules

This course comprises four modules, each focusing on specific aspects of logical reasoning and critical thinking. From understanding arguments to reasoning deductively and inductively, and avoiding fallacies, the modules provide a comprehensive overview of essential skills for effective argumentation and critical thinking.

Think Again I: How to Understand Arguments

In Think Again I: How to Understand Arguments, you will learn to identify, break down, and understand the essential components of arguments. The course provides insights into recognizing when arguments are presented and understanding their structure to appreciate them better.

Think Again II: How to Reason Deductively

Think Again II: How to Reason Deductively delves into deductive reasoning, teaching you how to use truth-tables and Venn diagrams to evaluate the validity of arguments. Through this module, you will gain the skills to assess and reason deductively, enhancing your ability to construct and analyze sound arguments.

Think Again III: How to Reason Inductively

Explore the world of inductive reasoning in Think Again III: How to Reason Inductively. This module guides you through analyzing and assessing common forms of inductive arguments, including generalizations from samples, inference to the best explanation, and causal reasoning, equipping you with the tools to make well-reasoned decisions in various scenarios.

Think Again IV: How to Avoid Fallacies

In Think Again IV: How to Avoid Fallacies, you will learn to recognize and evade common fallacies in reasoning. This module provides insights into identifying and avoiding fallacious arguments, empowering you to construct and assess sound and compelling arguments effectively.

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