Faculty of Arts

PHIL 105

Critical Thinking


Psychologists tell us that people routinely make systematic mistakes in their reasoning. This course uncovers some of the most common mistakes. It provides methods which help us to avoid bad reasoning. We examine examples of bad reasoning from many sources, including letters to the editor, advertisements and political debates. This course uses some basic philosophical tools and concepts from Logic but there is very little use of symbols and no Mathematical Logic. Students who want to obtain a satisfactory passing grade for this course should have a mastery of both written and spoken English.

Availability 2012

Summer School, repeated Semester 1 and 2


Coordinator(s) Dr Patrick Girard

Recommended Reading

Bruce N. Waller, Critical Thinking - Consider the Verdict, Fifth edition (Pearson Prentice Hall, 2005)


Coursework + exam


PHIL 105: 15.0 points

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