PHIL 3215 Reasoning and Rationality

(Prior to Fall 2010, this course was known as PHIL 10.5.
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3 hours; 3 credits

Theoretical investigation of reasoning and rationality. Advanced treatment of some topics in logic and critical thinking, including missing premises, the principle of charity, pragmatics, fallacies, contrasts between inductive and deductive logic, and scientific reasoning. Study of logics--modal, epistemic, paraconsistent--besides classical. Puzzles in social choice reasoning--Prisoner's Dilemma. Study of a relevant historical work or author such as Aristotle's writings on logic and rhetoric. Debates in cognitive science on rationality, rules in reasoning, or change of belief.



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