Argumentation: The Study of Effective Reasoning, 2nd Edition : The Great Courses: Modern Philosophy

  • by The Great Courses, David Zarefsky
  • Narrated by Professor David Zarefsky
  • Series: The Great Courses: Modern Philosophy
  • 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

What is effective reasoning? And how can it be done persuasively? These questions have been asked for thousands of years, yet some of the best thinking on reasoning and argumentation is recent and represents a break from the past.
These 24 engaging lectures teach you how to reason, how to persuade others that what you think is right, and how to judge and answer the arguments of others - and how they will judge yours. Professor Zarefsky makes argumentation accessible and familiar by breaking it into five easy-to-understand components: The tools of formal logic, while essential and even definitive for mathematics and programming computers, are inadequate to decide most controversial issues.
This course shows more useful approaches. Arguments can be divided into three parts: a claim, evidence, and an inference linking the evidence to the claim. All arguments fall into a handful of distinctive categories, and the same issues are at stake each time one of these distinctive patterns occurs. Three kinds of evidence can be advanced to prove an argument that something is true: objective data, social consensus, and personal credibility. There are six kinds of inference that link evidence to a claim: example, cause, sign, analogy, narrative, and form. How to use and challenge each is explained.
Along the way, you'll look at numerous actual controversies with a perspective that allows you to see the structure of all disputes. In this way, argument becomes an exchange, not just a flurry of words.


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This is an excellent course to take. Interesting right the way through and very dense on content. Argumentation is a pastime of mine, and although I have read much about it, I have never taken any kind of structured course on the subject. These lectures opened up an understanding of the processes, the nomenclature and the method to me on a larger scale than I knew. Very helpful, Already I am applying this new understanding to my every day life, and that's not just in winning arguments with my spouse ;)

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- liam

Valid != Sound

These lectures started to lose me a bit when they equated valid and sound arguments and used the words synonymously.
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- Fritz "I enjoy sci fi, fantasy, science, and technology. I mix it up with some classics once in a while so I can pretend to have some culture :)"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-08-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses