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This is where every course in critical thinking begins, with a discussion of the most basic and foundational concepts necessary for argument analysis. What is an argument? What is a premise? What is a conclusion? What is a good argument? What is a bad argument?
This course also introduces the single most important distinction in argument analysis, the distinction between the truth or falsity of the premises of an argument, and the logical relationship between the premises and the conclusion.
The last section discusses two important types of argument, “deductive” and “inductive”, and how they relate to scientific reasoning.
What Will I Learn in This Course?
In this course you'll learn:
What Do I Get With This Course?
When you enroll in this course you get
This course will give you the basic vocabulary for talking about good versus bad arguments. From here you can go on to study more focused topics in argument analysis, such as formal and informal fallacies.