Skills: Argumentation and Logic

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Skills: Argumentation and Logic

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study

    Philosophy

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Lower

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

    6
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    COURSE OBJECTIVE
    The objective of the course is to acquire philosophical skills, i.e. skills you will need in the other philosophy courses. These include: identifying claims and reconstructing arguments; evaluating the validity of arguments; improving existing arguments and rewriting texts; constructing definitions and counterexamples; analysing and evaluating thought-experiments; formulating and defending one's own claims.

    COURSE CONTENT
    Consider typical philosophical claims: that moral responsibility does not require that we could have acted otherwise, that knowledge is more than justifief true belief, that a real life is preferable over a happy life, and so on. The question arises: how do philosophers defend such claims? And: how can we evaluate their arguments?

    TEACHING METHODS
    Seminars.

    TYPE OF ASSESSMENT
    Assignments (40% in total) Final exam (40%) Paper (20%)

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