Philosophy and Thinking Skills

Ref: C2338402

Do you want to think more clearly? And express your thoughts in a more logical, persuasive manner? Clear thinking and expression can be learnt, and Philosophy offers helpful skills and reflections. Knowledge of Philosophy is not expected, just a willingness to reflect on your thinking and explore different ways of expressing your thoughts – and to learn from others including some philosophers. Course content: what topics will the course cover? 1. examples of thinking : a ‘thinking’ person, an ‘unthinking’ response, a ‘thoughtful’ approach 2. when we need to think – for example when faced with a new task or situation - and when we don’t – for example when carrying out a routine task 3. different thinking styles – from instant judgement to careful evaluation – and what they are useful and not so useful for 4. how to spot logical and not so logical conclusions 5. how emotions and moral (or political) values relate to clear thinking and expression

Course aim

to give learners the opportunity to appreciate and enhance their skills in logical thinking and clear expression

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • 1. using examples, explain the reasons thinking is (or is not) required
  • 2. using examples, describe different thinking styles
  • 3. explain what makes a conclusion logical (or not so logical)
  • 4. put into words your response to the assertion that emotions and values lead to muddled thinking

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will have the opportunity to practice clear thinking by carrying out small tasks set by the tutor.

What else do I need to know?

  • Please bring pen and paper.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Philosophy and Thinking Skills


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