COURSES > UNDERGRADUATE
This course is designed to provide an informal introduction to critical thinking. After an initial consideration of the nature of “argument”, we will work to develop our abilities to (a) understand and analyze arguments put forward by others, (b) formulate and express arguments of their own, and (c) evaluate competing arguments on a given subject. To pursue these goals we will use two modern “how-to” books to help us read, discuss, and write about the arguments contained in three dialogues of Plato.
- Adler & Van Doren, How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading
- Weston, A Rulebook for Arguments
- Plato, Apology
- Plato, Crito
- Plato, Meno
TAUGHT: FALL 2009