PHIL 183 - Critical Reasoning
Winter 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
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Details

Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Description

Reason better when deciding what to believe, and when deciding what to do. This course provides the tools you need, drawing from several areas: cognitive psychology, behavioral economics, logic, probability, and decision theory. We will consider empirical evidence about 'heuristics and biases’—spontaneous judgments that can be predictably irrational. And we will study what good deductive, causal, and probabilistic reasoning looks like. But the goal is entirely practical: to develop effective reasoning skills with clear applications in your personal and professional lives. Here are some questions we will examine:

  • What kinds of mental processes are involved in reasoning?
  • What’s the difference between intelligence and rationality?
  • How do people tend to go wrong when they reason about probabilities?
  • What makes a line of reasoning valid or strong?
  • When can we infer causation from correlation?
  • Why do people tend to become more certain of the views they started with?
  • Are there strategies we can use to avoid common errors in reasoning?
  • What is evidence, and how does it interact with our background knowledge?
  • Why is there no simple recipe for the scientific method?
  • How does our initial reaction to potential risk tend to be irrational?

Course Requirements:

Assignments will include problem sets and standardized exams. 

Intended Audience:

The course is open to students from all areas of the University interested in improving their reasoning ability and their ability to construct and recognize compelling arguments. These skills may be helpful in a wide variety of university subjects and extra-academic pursuits. 

Schedule

PHIL 183 - Critical Reasoning
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
23630
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7
MW 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Note: This course will not count as prereq for Philosophy major or minor or for PPE major
002 (LEC)
 In Person
27588
Closed
0
 
7
MW 12:00PM - 1:00PM
003 (DIS)
 In Person
27609
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0
 
1
W 1:00PM - 2:00PM
004 (DIS)
 In Person
27610
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0
2Y1 or Y2
1
W 1:00PM - 2:00PM
005 (DIS)
 In Person
27611
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Th 12:00PM - 1:00PM
006 (DIS)
 In Person
27612
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Th 12:00PM - 1:00PM
007 (DIS)
 In Person
27613
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F 1:00PM - 2:00PM
008 (DIS)
 In Person
27614
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F 1:00PM - 2:00PM
009 (DIS)
 In Person
27615
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W 4:00PM - 5:00PM
010 (DIS)
 In Person
27616
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0
1Y1 or Y2
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W 4:00PM - 5:00PM
011 (DIS)
 In Person
27617
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W 5:00PM - 6:00PM
012 (DIS)
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27618
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013 (DIS)
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27619
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3
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014 (DIS)
 In Person
27620
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0
2Y1 or Y2
3
W 1:00PM - 2:00PM
015 (DIS)
 In Person
27621
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2
Th 4:00PM - 5:00PM
016 (DIS)
 In Person
27622
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Th 4:00PM - 5:00PM
017 (DIS)
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27623
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018 (DIS)
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27624
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1Y1 or Y2
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Th 5:00PM - 6:00PM
019 (DIS)
 In Person
27625
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W 4:00PM - 5:00PM
020 (DIS)
 In Person
27626
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W 4:00PM - 5:00PM
021 (DIS)
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27627
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F 2:00PM - 3:00PM
022 (DIS)
 In Person
27628
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0
1Y1 or Y2
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F 2:00PM - 3:00PM
023 (DIS)
 In Person
27629
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W 5:00PM - 6:00PM
024 (DIS)
 In Person
27630
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W 5:00PM - 6:00PM
025 (DIS)
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36697
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1
F 1:00PM - 2:00PM
026 (DIS)
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36698
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F 1:00PM - 2:00PM
027 (DIS)
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36699
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Th 3:00PM - 4:00PM
028 (DIS)
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36700
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Th 3:00PM - 4:00PM
029 (DIS)
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36701
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W 2:00PM - 3:00PM
030 (DIS)
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36702
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W 2:00PM - 3:00PM

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