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While logical analysis has a lot to do with the structure of arguments, knowing what is true and false is an important part of a good argument as well. In this lesson, you'll learn what to do when you don't know whether a claim is true or false as well as the role truth plays in logic. [More]
To build arguments, we need to use very specific types of sentences. This helps our arguments to have the right structure so they're, well, logical. This lesson talks about those sentences and sets the stage for determining what is true and what isn't. [More]
Lesson 2 in the series "Short Little Lessons in Logic". Learn what an argument is and how it functions in logic. You'll learn the three parts of an argument and we'll introduce you to the building blocks of sound reasoning. We promise we won't yell at you and say mean things. [More]
Lesson 1 in the series "Short Little Lessons in Logic". In this lesson, we introduce formal logic and how it can be used to help us become better thinkers. In it, we claim that there is a right way to organize our thoughts and logic is the tool that helps us do this. You'll learn the definition of logic and some important terms that will help set you up for success in the rest of the course. [More]
Short Little Lessons in Logic is the first in a new series by Philosophy News where you can learn philosophy in bite-sized chunks at your own pace. This first series covers fundamental concepts in formal logic and covers the basics of logic, how to construct arguments, deductive and inductive reasoning, truth tables, categorical logic and informal logic. We're excited to bring you this free series and we appreciate you telling others about it on social media! [More]
Dr. Paul Herrick, author of three logic texts, gives an overview of logic, its history, and its importance. Even if you don't have a background in philosophy, you will find this summary helpful and informative. [More]
Dr. Paul Herrick describes Socrates both as a thinker and as a model. One of the three major early Greek thinkers, Socrates not only lived what he believed, he died for the principle that by thinking critically we can create a life worth living. [More]
We are generally the better persuaded by the reasons we discover ourselves than by those given to us by others. (Pascal) [More]
"We do not regard our actions and our characters merely as fortunate or unfortunate episodes--thought they may also be that. We cannot simply take an external evaluative view of ourselves--of what we most essentially are and what we do. Those acts remain ours and we remain ourselves, despite the persuasiveness of the reasons that seem to argue us out of existence. (Nagel) [More]
"To conduct an argument in the traditional sense, it is essential that there be some common ground. Unless the participants agree on the premises, there is no point in trying to derive a conclusion." [More]

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