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PHIL7841 - Reasoning, Argument and Explanation
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - 6 credit points
HECS Band one
EFTSL: 0.125000000
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Department: School of Philosophy
Offered session(s): 2
Teacher/Coordinator: Dr L Russell

Classes: 2 hours per week

Assessment: One in-class test (1 hour) 1000 words equivalent; one essay 1500 words; one examination (2 hours) 2000 words equivalent

In this unit we undertake a philosophical investigation of arguments and explanations, thereby improving our ability to think rationally. We learn to assess strengths and weaknesses of various kinds of arguments and explanations from a wide range of sources, including philosophy, history, science, economics, journalism, politics and medicine. In doing so, we learn how to recognise various fallacies, how to seek relevant information, how to reason cooperatively, and how best to encourage other people to think clearly and critically.
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