The Foundations of Critical Reasoning

When it comes to decision-making, there are many factors at play to be considered. The impact across a number of areas at work and at home demand that we make the right assumptions and draw the proper conclusions to determine the appropriate course of action. This course will investigate the structure of argument to better understand its components. Further, it will offer insights into common reasoning traps and how to avoid them, in an effort to develop sound and suitable conclusions.

Featuring subject matter expert

Oliver Kamm
Oliver Kamm

Leader Writer and Columnist at The Times

Oliver Kamm is a leader writer and columnist for The Times. He joined the newspaper in 2008 and now writes popular weekly columns on language and the economy.

How do we avoid fallacies and other argument traps?

It's a very difficult but necessary thing to do, and the best way to do it is to open yourself up to competing arguments and explanations. In the digital age, it's very easy to close ourselves off from sources that we disagree with and don't wish to hear. The best way of inoculating oneself against that is to make absolutely certain you expose yourself to diverse sources of information.

Course Overview

  • Enhance your understanding of the structure and logic of argument, to better evaluate the arguments of others and develop more effective arguments.
  • Review the use and function of implicit premises, which often make communication simpler but can lead to confusion and misrepresentation.
  • Explore common logical fallacies and other argument pitfalls where errors in logic can lead to faulty conclusions.
  • Foster your sense of soundness, validity, strength and value to better assess logical arguments and determine their credibility.
Course content
  • 7 Full HD Video Lectures
  • Downloadable Course Handouts
  • Knowledge Assessment Quiz
  • Interactive Group Discussion Task
  • Q&A Session with a Subject Matter Expert
  • Certificate of Achievement

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