How to think like a Philosopher

Ref: C2340986

Do you want to think more clearly ? And express your thoughts in a logical, persuasive manner ? This course should help. It introduces you to logical thinking and shows you how to put together good arguments and examine judgements and conclusions. Course content : 1. persuasion, rhetoric and reasoned argument; 2. the meaning of ‘argument’ in logic; 3. clear and muddled thinking : the differences between them and examples of muddled thinking (‘straw men’, non sequiturs, as hominem attacks and others); 4. drawing valid conclusions; 5. why people often don’t think clearly : reasons and motivations (emotional, moral, political) for flawed thinking and unclear expression; 6. types of reasoning: logical, normative etc; and purposes of thinking : establishing the facts, creating meaning etc.

Course aim

To introduce learners to key skills and concepts in logical thinking and give them the opportunity to practice persuasive arguments and logical conclusions

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners

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

  • Explain the differences between persuasion, rhetoric and reasoned argument
  • Identify what makes a conclusion valid, giving examples of valid and invalid conclusions
  • Give reasons for flawed thinking and unclear expression
  • Distinguish between different types of reasoning and purposes of thinking
  • Express your own views in a more logical, persuasive manner

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

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
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member

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How to think like a Philosopher

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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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