Understand and evaluate arguments using philosophical theory
If you believe Mickey is a big mouse and Dumbo is a small elephant, then you must also believe that Mickey is a mouse and Dumbo is an elephant.
But, do you believe that Mickey is bigger than Dumbo?
On this course, you’ll consider the logic behind this argument and explore the concept that when something is true, other things have to be true too.
You’ll discover logical reasoning theory and explore the vital role words like and, or, not, and if play in making good or bad arguments.
You’ll also learn how philosophers use a formal language to assess arguments and look closely at how our everyday language and thinking works.
What topics will you cover?
- How to use formal logic as a tool to clarify and evaluate arguments
- Identifying the premises and conclusions of arguments;
- Applying the philosophical concepts of ‘truth-value’, ‘validity’, ‘logical form’, ‘sentence connective’ and ‘truth-function’;
- Using truth-tables to work out the truth-values of compound sentences
- Using truth-tables to test arguments for validity;
- Exploring the relationship between formal logical language and natural language
When would you like to start?
Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.
Who is the course for?
The course is primarily designed for those studying philosophy, maths, or science at A-level or university.
The course will also be of interest to anyone who’d like to learn more about these subjects and the systematic study of good and bad reasoning
Learners require a basic understanding of formal logic and a keen interest to learn.
Who developed the course?
University of York
The University of York combines the pursuit of academic excellence with a culture of inclusion, which encourages everyone – from a variety of backgrounds – to achieve their best.