The Basics of Logic: How to Reason Well
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The Basics of Logic: How to Reason Well

Discover the fundamental principles of critical thinking.
4.0 (3 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
14 students enrolled
Created by James Hoskins
Last updated 6/2015
English
Price: $40
30-Day Money-Back Guarantee
Includes:
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 5 Articles
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • An engaged and knowledgeable instructor with years of experience
  • Printable lecture notes that you can fill in as you go
  • Skills for long-term success in any career and market
  • Think and reason with depth and precision
  • Communicate ideas clearly and persuasively
  • Form compelling arguments
  • Immediately spot faulty reasoning
  • Avoid false beliefs
  • Become a better writer, educator, communicator, and student
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Requirements
  • An open mind and a desire to learn!
Description

What skills can help you the most long-term in your career?

According to Business Insider, "Many people don't stay with their first career forever. Or their second. In fact, most people switch a number of times during their life. So skills that persist, like the ability to reason and write, may be a better bet over the long term than something narrowly tailored." [1]

Why is that?

Because the skills that will ALWAYS be in demand, in any job and any market, are the ability to think and communicate ideas clearly and persuasively.

That's where this course can help you.

Logic is the art (and science) of reasoning well. In this course, you will discover the fundamental principles of critical thinking, which is guaranteed to improve your reasoning skills. Learning logic makes you a more clear and precise thinker, and therefore a better, more persuasive writer, educator, communicator, salesperson, and student in just about every area. Plus, it's fun!

The course covers everything from the laws of thought, to different types of statements, the square of opposition, arguments, and more. It will take you about a month to complete, studying only 20-30 minutes per week (3-4 lectures). I have created printable lecture notes that you can fill in as go, and a review exercise at the end of each section.

Don't take this course just to help you in your career though. Take it to expand and deepen your mind! You will thank yourself for doing it. I promise.

Logic has by far been one of the most useful and universally applicable things I've learned in my college experience.

If for some reason you don't find the course helpful (I'm confident you will), then you can get a full refund within the first 30 days. So, you truly have no risk here.

Hit the "Take This Course" button and enroll today!

I plan to add a lot more content soon (which means the price will go up), so enroll now to get the best deal and let's get started!

See you in the course!

[1] Max Nisen, "11 Reasons To Ignore the Haters and Major In The Humanities," Business Insider, June 27, 2013

Who is the target audience?
  • For people looking to develop "soft skills" that make them more valuable to any employer, in any market
  • For anyone who wants to sharpen their mind to grasp truth and avoid falsehood
  • Probably not for people who dislike mental exercise
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Curriculum For This Course
29 Lectures
02:07:16
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Introduction
2 Lectures 02:23

Lecture Notes
15 pages
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The Laws of Thought
5 Lectures 09:40
What Is a Law of Thought?
00:26




Review Quiz 1
5 questions

Practice Exercise 1
00:05
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Statements
5 Lectures 23:45
What Is and Is Not a Statement
05:39

Self Supporting Statements
07:52

Supported Statements
03:42

Categorical Statements
06:20

Review Quiz 2
10 questions

Practice Exercise 2
00:12
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The Square of Opposition
7 Lectures 26:12
Quantity and Quality
05:17

Contradiction
03:31

Contrariety
03:35

Subcontrariety
04:26

Subimplication
05:05

Superimplication
04:06

Review Quiz 3
10 questions

Practice Exercise 3
00:12
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Arguments
9 Lectures 47:56
Syllogisms
02:59

Truth and Validity
06:32

Hypotheticals
10:12

Symbols
09:01

Modus Ponens
05:24

Modus Tollens
04:41

Affirming the Consequent
04:08

Denying the Antecedent
04:47

Review Quiz 4
10 questions

Practice Exercise 4
00:12
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Conclusion
1 Lecture 02:19
Congratulations!
02:19
About the Instructor
James Hoskins
4.0 Average rating
54 Reviews
1,865 Students
2 Courses
Teacher of Philosophy, Science, and Logic.

Hi I'm James, a full-time teacher with over 6 years of experience in the classroom. I have a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and a M.A. in Science and Religion from Biola University. I teach Philosophy, Science, and Logic classes at a college-prep high school. I'm also a writer and musician in my spare time.