Logic basics: Understanding arguments

We all reason and are exposed to the reasoning of others every day, but few of us know how to analyze or evaluate that reasoning. Have you ever wanted to learn to think better for yourself or figure out what’s wrong with the reasoning of others? To do so, you will need to learn the basics of logic, the science of good and bad reasoning. In this course, you’ll learn the basic concepts used in analyzing and evaluating arguments, which are the fundamental units of reasoning.

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   Teacher: Gary Curtis


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Course plan

Lesson 1: Statements
Lesson 2: Arguments
Lesson 3: Types of Argument Indicators: Conclusion Indicators
Lesson 4: Types of Argument Indicators: Premise Indicators
Lesson 5: Arguments and Explanations
Lesson 6: Induction and Deduction
Lesson 7: Argument Analysis
Lesson 8: Validity, Soundness, and Cogency
Lesson 9: Arguments with Multiple Premises
Lesson 10: Chain Arguments
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  • Format
    One lesson delivered via email daily
  • Duration
    10 days
  • Time
    5 minutes reading a day

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