Philosophers support their positions and beliefs with arguments. When you support a position or defend a belief, you are making an argument. Logic is one of the central branches of philosophy that investigates the correct principles of formal reasoning. The ability to defend a position or belief is the most basic philosophical activity. Possessing the skills to defend a position or belief is what separates thinking philosophically from simply having an opinion. In this Application Assignment you will practice how to solve logic problems and explore your logical thinking. Good philosophizing requires the ability to reason effectively, defend positions and beliefs, and rebut rebuttals.
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To prepare for this Application:
- Review pp. 15–25 and pp. 385–389 in your course text The Big Questions: A Short Introduction to Philosophy on logic.
- Review pp. 15–27 in your course text The Philosopher's Way: Thinking Critically About Profound Ideas.
- Review the "An Introduction to Logic" document located in this week's Learning Resources.
- Consider how the ability to think logically can assist you in your daily life.
- Complete the Logic Pretest located in this week's Learning Resources.
- Write a 1- to 2-page paper in which you answer the following questions:
- Why do you think logic is important?
- What is your process of logic? Before you tried to complete these logic exercises, what was your view of logic?
- How comfortable are you with using logic?
- In what areas of your life will you be able to utilize this new or improved skill?
|Due By (Pacific Time)
||03/08/2014 10:00 am