Logic and critical thinking

A.A. 2021/2022
3
Crediti massimi
20
Ore totali
SSD
M-FIL/02
Lingua
Inglese
Obiettivi formativi
· Develop inferential and argumentative skills
· Learn to identify and reconstruct arguments
· Learn to evaluate arguments, distinguishing good from bad arguments (fallacies)
· Learn to use formal logic tools (elements of propositional and predicate logic) in order to evaluate deductive reasoning
· Learn to use informal logic tools in order to evaluate non deductive reasoning
· Learn to identify and analyse fallacies occurring in political discourse
Risultati apprendimento attesi
At the end of the course, the students will be familiar with some of the most important concepts and devices of contemporary logic and critical thinking, they will be able to reconstruct and evaluate complex arguments in political, juridical and economic literature, and will be aware of the most frequent mistakes and fallacies of public communicatio.
Programma e organizzazione didattica

Edizione unica

Responsabile
Periodo
Primo trimestre
Indicativamente, ed eccetto impreviste variazioni, che verranno prontamente divulgate, il corso 2021-22 sarà in presenza. Maggiori dettagli sulle modalità di svolgimento del corso si avranno nei prossimi mesi.
Programma
The course will present the basic elements of logic and critical thinking with special reference to public communication, economic, juridical and economic debates. The focus of the course is the notion of "good argoment", so we will study what is an argument, how it is structured and presented, how we can reconstruct and evaluate it, and how we can produce good arguments, with reference to political, juridical and economic issues.
Prerequisiti
No special prerequirement, except a quite good knowledge of oral and written English language
Metodi didattici
Lezioni frontali, con discussioni di resi e teorie
Materiale di riferimento
All what is necessary for the exam is to be found in the lecturer's notes and other materials that will be published on Ariel (slides of the lectures, exercises, noteworthy texts).
Students who want to improve their preparation or to deepen some specific points can refer to:
J. M. Henle, J. L. Garfield, T. Tymoczko, Sweet Reason. A Field Guide to Modern Logic, 2011
A. Varzi et. Al., Theories and Problems of Logic, 2003-2014
W. Sinnott-Armstrong, R. Fogelin, Understanding Arguments, 2015
D. Zarefsky, The Practice of Argumentation, 2019
Some internet resources (elementary):
Wireless Philosophy - Critical Thinking (Geoff Pynn)
Crash Course Philosophy - How to argue (Hank Green)
Modalità di verifica dell’apprendimento e criteri di valutazione
Ci saranno alcune prove intermedie di verifica delle cognizioni apprese, e una prova finale, composta di domande, esercizi, e analisi e valutazione di un breve testo argomentativo
M-FIL/02 - LOGICA E FILOSOFIA DELLA SCIENZA - CFU: 3
Lezioni: 20 ore
Docente/i
Ricevimento:
Wednesday, h. 14.30 online on Teams - please email me