This post includes PowerPoints and exercises about claims. For each claim, students say whether they accept it, reject it or suspend judgement. Cite some evidence that you have used in evaluating the claim. Evidence may include facts, personal experience, written sources or the expertise of others whom you trust.
Watch: The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz /TEDTalk and read “You Try to Live on 500K in This Town” by Allen Salkintwo and “How Much Money Do You Need to Be Happy? Probably a lot less than you think.” By Kyle Chayka For the TEDTalk and for each article, […]
Exercise: State whether each item is a deductive argument (regardless of whether it’s valid or sound), an inductive argument, or not an argument. If it’s inductive, state whether it is an empirical generalization, a prediction, or a causal inference. Hint: the deductive arguments all have two premises followed by a […]
Exercise: Complete each syllogism with a logical conclusion. The conclusion should follow with certainty from the premises. Avoid using extra words. Exercise: This exercise asks you to evaluate syllogisms for validity and soundness. Please go over the examples before proceeding. To receive full credit, you need to provide a brief […]
In this Wireless Philosophy video, Geoff Pynn (Northern Illinois) discusses deductive arguments. Follow-up activity: 1)Define a deductive argument in your own words, 2) Provide an original example of a deductive argument, 3) State if it’s valid or invalid, 4) Explain your answer
“The interpretation of the first amendment has been at the center of fierce debate on college campuses, football fields and cable TV.” This Washington Post video introduces students to this controversy. Article 1: Schools have the right to limit free speech. But how much should they? Article 2: Colleges Have […]
This is an excellent database accessible through BMCC’s library. Provides essays on controversial issues, representing different sides of an issue. Includes viewpoint articles, topic overviews, statistics, primary documents, websites, and full-text magazine and newspaper articles.