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How to Understand Arguments

How to Understand Arguments Think Again: How to Reason and Argue Reasoning is important. This series of four short courses will teach you how to do it well. You will learn simple but vital rules to follow in thinking about any topic at all and common and tempting mistakes to avoid in reasoning. We will discuss how to identify, analyze, and evaluate arguments by other people (including politicians, used car salesmen, and teachers) and how to construct arguments of your own in order to help you decide what to believe or what to do. These skills will be useful in dealing with whatever matters most to you. Courses at a Glance: All four courses in this series are offered through sessions which run every four weeks. We suggest sticking to the weekly schedule to the best of your ability. If for whatever reason you fall behind, feel free to re-enroll in the next session.We also suggest that you start each course close to the beginning of a month in order to increase the number of peers in the discussion forums who are working on the same material as you are. While each course can be taken independently, we suggest you take the four courses in order. Course 1 - Think Again I: How to Understand Arguments Course 2 - Think Again II: How to Reason Deductively Course 3 - Think Again III: How to Reason Inductively Course 4 - Think Again IV: How to Avoid Fallacies About This Course in the Series: When is someone giving an argument instead of just yelling? Which parts of what they say contribute to the argument? Why are they arguing instead of fighting? What are arguments made of? What forms do they take? Think Again: How to Understand Arguments will answer these questions a more. In this course, you will learn what an argument is. The definition of argument will enable students to identify when speakers are giving arguments and when they are not. Next, we will learn how to break an argument into its essential parts, how to put them in order to reveal their connections, and how to fill in gaps in an argument. By the end of this course, students will be better able to understand and appreciate arguments that they and other people present. Suggested Readings: Students who want more detailed explanations or additional exercises or who want to explore these topics in more depth should consult Understanding Arguments: An Introduction to Informal Logic, Ninth Edition, Concise, Chapters 1-5, by Walter Sinnott-Armstrong and Robert Fogelin. Course Format: Each week will be divided into multiple video segments that can be viewed separately or in groups. There will be short ungraded quizzes after each segment (to check comprehension) and a longer graded quiz at the end of the course.

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Rating 4.6 based on 291 ratings
Length 5 weeks
Starts Jul 1 (next week)
Cost $30
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Instructors Dr. Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Dr. Ram Neta
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Language English
Subjects Art & Design Humanities
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critical thinking in 7 reviews

I feel very inspired to further my to continue developing my reasoning and critical thinking skills.

Well, this course is a good start for everyone who wants to study critical thinking!

The professor really inspired me of critical thinking.

great This course's been a fantastic journey in informal logic and critical thinking.

And the splicing between the old course and the new one is sometimes discontinuous (though, to be fair, they warn us about that at the beginning).Nevertheless, I would still highly recommend the course to anyone looking for a thorough-going university-level course in critical thinking, and basic argumentation.

I found this course very challenging as I find critical thinking very difficult.

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walter sinnott-armstrong in 5 reviews

Dr Walter Sinnott-Armstrong's light-hearted approach to what could potentially be a very dry subject was also very helpful and very welcome.

I'm really grateful to Professor Dr. Walter Sinnott-Armstrong for sharing his amazing knowledge with such passion.

The lectures are very interesting and Walter Sinnott-Armstrong is a fantastic teacher.

Thanks to Coursera and to Professor (Doctor) Walter Sinnott-Armstrong...

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final quiz in 5 reviews

I would have a formal test every week to pass the whole course instead of a final quiz just perfect This course was awesome.

"speech act" ) or understand the nuances in some exercises regarding "speech act" and" suppressed premises" (particularly in the final quiz, the more difficult questions to me were about the "suppressed premises").So I would have liked that these harder issues have had found a clearer explanation during the lectures.

One of the questions I got wrong on the final quiz suggest all birds fly as a correct answer, wrong ALL BIRDS do not fly.

Would have been four stars but the final quiz was excessively difficult.

Thank you very much 教师讲得好,习题设计也代表了课程涉及的主要内容。学过课程后,确实能引发对思维方式、说话方式的思考。 An excellent course, but it is hard going (took me 3 attempts to get through the final quiz!).

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well as in 5 reviews

I plan to continue on with the remaining 3 courses so that I can better separate the wheat from the chaff in my own beliefs as well as those of others.

this is a very important course to take first to understand others argument so you have understanding of the people which get you closer to others as well as formulating your own argument for the different reasons you might have to give an argument This is an amazing course.

The skills taught can be useful for both academic pursuits as well as making our way through the bombardment of information we navigate in our daily lives.

It nicely brought together all that we had learnt in the previous weeks as well as illustrate how it could be applied in 'real' world/everyday situations.

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Length 5 weeks
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Instructors Dr. Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Dr. Ram Neta
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Language English
Subjects Art & Design Humanities
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