Spring 2005; 5.0 Credits
M-F ; Room C168
Instructor: Mark Storey
Office Hours: Mon-Fri or by appointment
Philosophy 115 introduces the nature and structure of argument patterns. Successful students will learn the difference between deductive and inductive reasoning, and how to assess the strengths and weaknesses of each. Topics include validity and soundness, strength and cogency, definitions, informal fallacies, Venn diagrams, reasoning with categorical propositions, arguments from analogy, causal arguments, probability calculations, statistical reasoning, and hypothetical reasoning. Although there are no official prerequisites for Philosophy 115, it is expected that students can read, write, and handle basic mathematical calculations with fractions. The use of calculators is acceptable.
Critical reasoning plays an important part in any rational person’s life. When you argue for a position at work, at home, at school, or in the political arena, you need to provide good reason that others should believe you are right. Moreover, you will often need to be able to determine whether someone else’s arguments are good or bad. A primary value of critical reasoning is thus in sorting out the good arguments from the bad. Philosophy 115 emphasizes this aspect of critical reasoning, and looks at a wide variety of reasoning techniques to do so.
This class fulfills a requirement for either Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning or Humanities for an Associate in Arts & Sciences degree at BCC.
Required Course Text:
Patrick Hurley, A Concise Introduction to Logic, 8th edition, Wadsworth/Thomson
Four in-class tests: 1/6 course grade each
Two take-home essay assignments: 1/6 of course grade each
Regular class attendance
· ten absences for any reason results in a failing course grade
· five absences for any reason lowers a course grade 1.0 GPA points
Find handouts at www.bcc.ctc.edu/ArtsHum/materials/
Tests will not be given early or late. There are no make-up tests. Students must plan their personal and work schedules with test dates in mind. If a student has a serious illness or a death in the immediate family that is verified, then the instructor may—if he deems it appropriate—assign a different exam (e.g., of an essay style). See Part 8 of the “Student Procedures and Expectations” document at www.bcc.ctc.edu/ArtsHum/policy.html.
Late essays will be penalized 0.2 GPA grade points if turned in late the day it is due. They will be penalized 0.5 GPA grade points if turned in one day late, and an additional 0.2 GPA grade points for each day late thereafter (including weekends and holidays). The instructor does not accept essays via email, unless specifically so directed.
The instructor does not give Hardship Withdrawals or Incompletes to salvage students’ GPAs or to maintain their financial aid. The course is designed so that all students may do well, but if for some reason (and there are many good reasons in our busy lives) you stop coming to class, then you should quickly contact the Registration Office and officially withdraw from the class. Otherwise you will receive a course grade (A-F) based on the course work you did and did not complete. This often results in a failing grade. It is your responsibility to find out the last day in which you may drop a class.
Students with disabilities who have accommodation needs are required to meet with the Director of Disability Support Services (room B132-G; 425-564-2498 or TTY 425-564-4110) to establish their eligibility for accommodation. The DSS office will provide each eligible student with an accommodation letter. Students who require accommodation in class should review the DSS accommodation letter with the instructor during the first week of the quarter.
For information on BCC’s Philosophy Tutorial Program and other Philosophy classes, visit the Philosophy Department’s Web site at: http://www.bcc.ctc.edu/philosophy/
References below are to chapter sections of Patrick Hurley’s A Concise Introduction to Logic. Sections in the interactive CD accompany Hurley’s main text.
Week One (April 4-8): 1.1, 1.3, 1.4
Week Two (April 11-15): 1.5, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5
Week Three (April 18-22): TEST, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4
Week Four (April 25-29): 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.6, 5.2, Essay due April 29
Week Five (May 2-6): 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6
Week Six (May 9-13): TEST, 9.1 (No class Tuesday)
Week Seven (May 16-20): 9.3
Week Eight (May 23-27): 9.3, TEST
Week Nine (May 30-June 3): (No class Monday) 9.2
Week Ten (June 6-10): 9.2, 9.4
Week Eleven (June 13-17): 9.5, TEST, Essay due June 14
PHIL 115 test dates: April 18, May 9, May 27, and June 14 (same room, same time)
Essay due dates: April 29 and June 14, in class