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1
15 minutes pour terminer

Welcome to the Course

Welcome to Think Again: How to Understand Arguments. This course is the first in a series of four courses jointly titled Think Again: How to Reason and Argue. We are excited that you are taking this course, and we hope that you will stick around for all four courses in the series, because there is a great deal of important material to learn. In the series as a whole, you will learn how to analyze and evaluate arguments and how to avoid common mistakes in reasoning. These important skills will be useful to you in deciding what to believe and what to do in all areas of your life. We will also have plenty of fun. The first part of this course introduces the series and the course. It also clarifies some peculiarities you may find with this course. We encourage you to watch the "Introduction to the Course" video first as it will help you learn more from the materials that come later.

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1 vidéo (Total 5 min), 1 lecture
1 vidéo
1 lecture
Course Logistics (Start Here)10 min
5 heures pour terminer

How to Spot an Argument

CONTENT: In this week's material we will teach you how to identify arguments as opposed to abuse . We will define what an argument is, distinguish various purposes for which arguments are given (including persuasion, justification, and explanation), and discuss the material out of which arguments are made (language). The last three lectures this week are optional, but they are recommended for advanced students. LEARNING OUTCOMES: By the end of this week’s material, you will be able to :define what an argument ispull arguments out of larger textsdistinguish various purposes of argumentsOPTIONAL READING: If you want more examples or more detailed discussions of these topics, we recommend Understanding Arguments, Ninth Edition<, Chapters 1-2.

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10 vidéos (Total 101 min), 10 quiz
10 vidéos
Strong Arguments Don't Always Persuade Everyone8 min
What Else are Arguments Used For? Explanation13 min
What are Arguments Made Of? Language14 min
Meaning9 min
Linguistic Acts7 min
Speech Acts9 min
Conversational Acts17 min
10 exercices pour s'entraîner
Why Arguments Matter6 min
What Is an Argument?20 min
What are Arguments Used For? Justification8 min
Strong Arguments Don't Always Persuade Everyone10 min
What Else are Arguments Used For? Explanation16 min
What are Arguments Made Of? Language8 min
Meaning12 min
Linguistic Acts8 min
Speech Acts24 min
Conversational Acts18 min
Semaine
2
5 heures pour terminer

How to Untangle an Argument

CONTENT: This week’s material will focus on the special language in which arguments are formulated. We will investigate the functions of particular words, including premise and conclusion markers plus assuring, guarding, discounting, and evaluative terms. Identifying these words will enable students to separate arguments from the irrelevant verbiage that surrounds it and then to break the argument into parts and to identify what each part of an argument is doing. The lectures end with a detailed example that uses these tools to closely analyze an op-ed from a newspaper. LEARNING OUTCOMES: By the end of this week’s material, you will be able to: understand three levels of meaning. identify argument markers OPTIONAL READING: If you want more examples or more detailed discussions of these topics, we recommend Understanding Arguments, Ninth Edition, Chapters 3-4.

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10 vidéos (Total 130 min), 9 quiz
10 vidéos
Assuring14 min
Guarding8 min
Discounting10 min
Evaluation17 min
Close Analysis (Part I)20 min
Close Analysis (Part II)13 min
More Close Analysis17 min
9 exercices pour s'entraîner
Argument Markers22 min
Standard Form12 min
A Problem for Arguments4 min
Assuring10 min
Guarding10 min
Discounting10 min
Evaluation14 min
Close Analysis (Part II)20 min
More Close Analysis20 min
Semaine
3
5 heures pour terminer

How to Reconstruct an Argument

CONTENT: This week’s material will teach you how to organize the parts of an argument in order to show how they fit into a structure of reasoning. The goal is to make the argument look as good as possible so that you can learn from it. We work through the main steps of reconstruction, including putting the premises and conclusion into a standard form, clarifying the premises and breaking them into parts, arranging the argument into stages or sub-arguments, adding suppressed premises where needed to make the argument valid, and assessing the argument for soundness. The lectures begin by defining the crucial notions of validity, soundness, and standard form. You will also learn to diagram alternative argument structures, including linear, branching, and joint structures. LEARNING OUTCOMES: By the end of this week’s material, you will be able to: label assuring, guarding, discounting, and evaluative terms determine whether an argument is valid or sound complete arguments by adding suppressed premises reconstruct arguments by and series of arguments classify argument structuresOPTIONAL READING: If you want more examples or more detailed discussions of these topics, we recommend <em>Understanding Arguments, Ninth Edition, Chapter 5.

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11 vidéos (Total 150 min), 9 quiz
11 vidéos
Validity26 min
Sharpen Edges17 min
Organize Parts14 min
A Student Example: A Debate About Smartphones in Class11 min
Fill in Gaps22 min
Conclude2 min
An Example of Reconstruction (Part I)9 min
An Example of Reconstruction (Part II)9 min
An Example of Reconstruction (Part III)10 min
9 exercices pour s'entraîner
Validity22 min
Soundness (Part I)8 min
Soundness (Part II)6 min
Get Down to Basics14 min
Sharpen Edges10 min
Organize Parts16 min
Fill in Gaps10 min
Conclude6 min
An Example of Reconstruction8 min
Semaine
4
1 heure pour terminer

Catch-Up and Final Quiz

This week gives you time to catch up and review, because we realize that the previous weeks include a great deal of challenging material. It will also be provide enough time to take the final quiz as often as you want, with different questions each time. We explain the answers in each exam so that you can learn more and do better when you try the exam again. You may take the quiz as many times as you want in order to learn more and do better, with different questions each time. You will be able to retake the quiz three times every eight hours. You might not need to take more than one version of the exam if you do well enough on your first try. That is up to you. However many versions you take, we hope that all of the exams will provide additional learning experiences.

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1 quiz
1 exercice pour s'entraîner
Final Quiz1 h
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Principaux examens pour Think Again I: How to Understand Arguments

par FYJul 6th 2018

I found this course very challenging as I find critical thinking very difficult. However this course was extremely rewarding and I will be taking the other three modules in the Think Again series.

par RHFeb 16th 2017

This is a very very engaging and applicable course, and is truly presented with 10/10 efficacy! I couldn't be more sincere and adamant in my recommendation, no matter who you are or what you do.

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Dr. Walter Sinnott-Armstrong

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Dr. Ram Neta

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