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Are you confident you can reason clearly? Are you able to convince others of your point of view? Are you able to give plausible reasons for believing what you believe? Do you sometimes read arguments in the newspapers, hear them on the television, or in the pub and wish you knew how to confidently evaluate them?

In this six-part course, you will learn all about arguments, how to identify them, how to evaluate them, and how not to mistake bad arguments for good. Such skills are invaluable if you are concerned about the truth of your beliefs, and the cogency of your arguments.

Critical Reasoning for Beginners Oxford University

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Are you confident you can reason clearly? Are you able to convince others of your point of view? Are you able to give plausible reasons for believing what you believe? Do you sometimes read arguments in the newspapers, hear them on the television, or in the pub and wish you knew how to confidently evaluate them?

In this six-part course, you will learn all about arguments, how to identify them, how to evaluate them, and how not to mistake bad arguments for good. Such skills are invaluable if you are concerned about the truth of your beliefs, and the cogency of your arguments.

    The Nature of Arguments

    The Nature of Arguments

    The first of six lectures dealing with critical reasoning. In this lecture you will learn how to recognise arguments and what the nature of an argument is. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

    • 1 hr 19 min
    The Nature of Arguments (Slides)

    The Nature of Arguments (Slides)

    The first of six lectures dealing with critical reasoning. In this lecture you will learn how to recognise arguments and what the nature of an argument is. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

    Different Types of Arguments

    Different Types of Arguments

    The second of six lectures dealing with critical reasoning. In this lecture you will learn about the different types of arguments, in particular deductive and inductive arguments. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Different Types of Arguments (Slides)

    Different Types of Arguments (Slides)

    The second of six lectures dealing with critical reasoning. In this lecture you will learn about the different types of arguments, in particular deductive and inductive arguments. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

    Setting out Arguments Logic Book Style

    Setting out Arguments Logic Book Style

    Part three of a six-part series on critical reasoning. In this lecture we will focus on how to identify and analyse arguments, and how to set arguments out logic book-style to make them easier to evaluate. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Setting out Arguments Logic Book Style (Slides)

    Setting out Arguments Logic Book Style (Slides)

    Part three of a six-part series on critical reasoning. In this lecture we will focus on how to identify and analyse arguments, and how to set arguments out logic book-style to make them easier to evaluate. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

Customer Reviews

3.2 out of 5
45 Ratings

45 Ratings

Pyrmonter ,

Disappointing, maybe still worth it

The presenter has another, excellent, introductory series of philosophy talks on ITunes U; this series unfortunately, however good on the "content" side, suffer enormously from recording problems. At points both lecturer and class are inaudible; background recording noise makes this one a difficult listen for the ITunes user who is "out and about" in a noisy environment.

BettyButter ,

Very poor quality

This is a lecture capture in a class - the sound quality is below average, and the presenter often refers to visual references without apparently realising that podcasting is an audio media .......

Gbrey ,

Fantastic

Aside from the few audio problems, another great lecture.

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