Philosophy 115 OAS &OAC
Spring 2005; 5.0 Credits
(425) 564-2118, R230-E
Office Hours: by appointment
This section of Philosophy 115 introduces the nature and structure of argument patterns. Students will teach themselves the difference between deductive and inductive reasoning, and how to assess the strengths and weaknesses of examples from each type of argumentation. Topics include validity and soundness, strength and cogency, definitions, informal fallacies, reasoning with categorical propositions, arguments from analogy, Mill’s Methods, basic probability calculations, statistical reasoning, and hypothetical reasoning. It will be expected that students will be able to perform 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.
This section of Philosophy
115 is an online class. Therefore, for this course, students must be ready to
motivate themselves to grapple with the texts, to study on their own, to learn
on their own, and to keep up with due dates. If students think they need a
great amount of attention from an instructor, they should consider taking this
course on campus at a college. Patrick Hurley’s textbook is the number-one
seller among logic texts across
The instructor is happy to respond to specific questions on specific problems, but will not be of much help if students send a message saying merely that they are “lost.” The instructor will also expect that students are capable of reading college-level textbooks, and will do so to answer most of the questions that arise in the course of their study of critical reasoning.
This class fulfills a requirement for either Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning or Humanities for an Associate in Arts & Sciences degree at BCC.
Required Course Texts:
Patrick Hurley, A Concise Introduction to Logic, 9th edition, Wadsworth/Thomson
Robert W. Burch, Study Guide for Hurley’s A Concise Introduction to Logic, 9th edition
Weekly responses to Discussion Room questions: 10% of
Weekly assignments: 90% of course grade
Weekly assignments are found at the Course Schedule on this course
Plagiarism of any form will result in an F for the assignment, with no chance to make up that assignment. Do not copy anyone else’s words (whether that person is a fellow-student, an author of a book or magazine article, or a source from the Internet). Students are also expected to be honest in their course work. Students may seek the assistance of others in the form of tutorials, student study groups, or helpful advice, but each student is expected to do his or her own work for weekly assignments and Discussion Room postings.
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 turning in work, then you should quickly contact the Registration Office and officially withdraw from the course. 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 425-603-4110) to establish their eligibility for accommodation. In addition, students are encouraged to review their accommodation requirements 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/
Phil 115 OAS& OAC
References below are to chapter sections of Patrick Hurley’s A Concise Introduction to Logic, and to the due dates for the essays and weekly assignments. Click on each Week for the weekly assignment. Sections in both the interactive CD and Burch’s Study Guide accompany Hurley’s main text. We will not be covering every section of every chapter in the Hurley text. The book is designed to be used for both a Critical Reasoning class (e.g., PHIL 115) and a formal symbolic logic class (e.g., PHIL 120).
Week One: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4. Due October 3
Week Two: 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5. Due October 10
Week Three: 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4. Due October 17
Week Four: 4.1, 4.2. 4.3, 4.4, 4.5. Due October 24
Week Five: 4.7, 5.1. Due Novermber 1
Week Six: 9.1. Due Novermber 7
Week Seven: 9.2. Due Novermber 14
Week Eight: 9.3. Due Novermber 12
Week Nine: 9.4 Due November 28
Week Ten: 9.5. Due December 5
Weekly Discussion Room questions/problems will be
posted at the beginning of each week, and students will need to respond with at
least a single, brief, thoughtful response in the Discussion Room by the Monday
morning of the following week. Responses may directly address the instructor