Reason Like a Champion

Mon, Aug 27

Philosophy is defined, first and foremost, by it's commitment to rigorous, logical reasoning.  This is especially important when we wonder about questions that can't be determined through observation alone.  In this session, we'll master some basics of informal logic: detecting arguments, outlining them in premise/conclusion form, and evaluating them for validity, soundness and informativeness.  These skills will come up again and again as we read texts, construct debate cases, and compose your Apology essay. 

Key Concepts: Argument, Premise-Conclusion Form, Validity, Soundness, Informativeness, Question-Begging, Equivocation

For our video today, meet a professional logician: ND Prof. Paddy Blanchette!