This class will be focused on developing your ability to identify, construct, and evaluate arguments, including arguments from a wide array of mediums such as everyday conversations, scientific writing, social media posts, philosophical writing, and political debates. You will learn about the different types of arguments, what it takes for an argument of each type to be successful, and common errors in reasoning that should be avoided. Along the way, we will apply what we’ve learned to some fascinating ethical and epistemological questions. These include (1) our obligations to the needy, (2) echo chambers found in social media and political discourse, and (3) the age-old philosophical question of whether knowledge of the external world is possible. 

This course counts toward the R2 general education requirement (i.e., analytical reasoning). At its core, we will be working towards mastering the skill of critical thinking, which is an endeavor sure to be beneficial to your future pursuits whether academic, professional, or personal.  

The goals of this course are two-fold: to develop and hone students' analytical skills and to look at a number of the central issues in philosophy. Crucial to doing and understanding philosophy is an ability to present, explain, and evaluate arguments; throughout the course we will refine these abilities. By way of an introduction to a number of core philosophical issues we will take an in-depth look questions about logical reasoning, ethics, philosophy of science, and metaphysics. (Gen. Ed. AL)