Critical Thinking: Improve Reasoning & Communication Skills

Basic guide for the development of critical thinking skills focused on argumentation
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  • Lectures 11
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 12/2015 English

Course Description

In this course you will develop critical thinking skills. Specifically, you'll learn

  • what critical thinking is
  • what arguments are
  • how to construct good/valid arguments
  • the difference between deductive and inductive arguments
  • some of the classic fallacies, like the red herring, ad hominem and false dilemma

This is a hands-on course, that has direct and immediate applicability. You will be able to detect poor reasoning strategies in yourself and others, acquire greater clarity of thought, become more precise, and proficient at the presentation of arguments in defence of your beliefs.

What are you going to get out of this course? You will become aware of your own thinking processes and better able to detect hidden and false assumptions, you will become better communicators, open-minded, less judgmental, yet confident in your judgments.

What are the requirements?

  • Students don't require any prior knowledge to take this course.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Detect poor reasoning strategies
  • Detect hidden and false assumptions in yourself and others
  • Identify valid and sound arguments
  • Distinguish deductive from inductive arguments
  • Identify common fallacies

Who is the target audience?

  • Everyone should take this course!
  • This course is aimed at the development of critical thinking skills which can boost anyone's skill set and positively impact their effectiveness in all decision making contexts - as parents, employees, employers, students, etc.

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Section 1: All About Your Instructor
Elly's Credentials and Professional Background
Section 2: Six Lessons on Critical Thinking
Introduction to Critical Thinking
What is Critical Thinking?
Rhetoric and Sophistry
Deductive versus Inductive Reasoning
Formal Fallacies
Informal Fallacies
Section 3: Inductive Reasoning
Analogical Arguments
Evaluating Analogical Arguments
Section 4: Good byes!
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Instructor Biography

Elly Pirocacos, Practical Philosopher - Academic Philosopher

I love what I do! I knew I wanted to teach the moment I first set foot on university campus. I was compelled by the vibrancy of ideas that spurred people into action, incited conversation, and challenged everyday assumptions. The power of ideas to change people's lives has always had a gravitational pull on me. But philosophy has become professionalized and tucked away in the ivory tower of academic instruction. For ancient Greek thought, philosophy was a practical and everyday preoccupation inserting meaningfulness where despondence lurked.

These Udemy online courses are part of a project to revive the ancient Greek spirit and it is my hope that you will join me and become as passionate about philosophical discourse as I am.

As far as my credential go, I have a BA, MA and PhD in Philosophy. I have  24 years of experience teaching at the College level. Courses I have taught include, Ethics, Early Greek Philosophy, Plato and Aristotle, Existentialism and Philosophy of Education. I have experience teaching both in the traditional classroom (The American College of Greece, College Year in Athens and McGill University) and online (graduate program - Tiffin University). I also have a practice in Philosophical Counselling in Montreal where I consult both individuals and groups.

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