Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2017Year School/Graduate School Liberal Arts Education Program
Lecture Code 61011001 Subject Classification Area Courses
Subject Name 哲学B
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ミヤゾノ ケンゴ
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 1st-Year,  Second Semester,  4Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (4T) Fri5-8:IAS K210
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
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Credits 2 Class Hours/Week   Language on Instruction J : Japanese
Course Level 1 : Undergraduate Introductory
Course Area(Area) 23 : Arts and Humanities
Course Area(Discipline) 23 : Philosophy
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Keywords Philosophy, Logic, Arguments, Logical Thinking, Critical Thinking 
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Class Objectives
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This course offers an introduction to logical thinking and arguments. Understanding the nature of arguments and mastering basic argumentative skills are essential in order to understand philosophical writings accurately and develop own philosophical ideas. In this course, students are often requested to solve the exercises, which is an essential part of logical thinking training. This course is not only for those who interested in philosophy but also for anyone who wants to acquire basic skills in logical thinking, critical thinking, and analytical writing.  
Class Schedule 1 Introduction
2 Structure of Arguments
3 Evaluation of Arguments
4 Deductive Arguments
5 Inductive Arguments
6 Abductive Arguments
7 Definitions and Conditionals
8 Conclusion 
There is no required textbook for this course. Suggested readings include;

   Thomson, A. (2009). Critical reasoning: A practical introduction. 3rd edition, Routledge.
   Thomson, A. (1999). Critical Reasoning in Ethics: A practical introduction. Psychology Press.
   Weston, A. (2009). A rulebook for arguments. Hackett Publishing. 
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Lecture handouts and PowerPoint slides will be downloadable from the lecture website. 
Grading Method Grading will be based on the final exam (60%) and the classroom contribution (40%). 
Message Anyone with questions or comments is welcome to visit me during my office hours. 
Please fill in the class improvement questionnaire which is carried out on all classes.
Instructors will reflect on your feedback and utilize the information for improving their teaching. 
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