Basic Course Information

PHL 276: Critical Thinking

Section 01, Fall 2015


Steven W. Patterson, Ph.D.
Professor, Philosophy and Religious Studies Dept.,
Chair, Division of Letters
Marygrove College.
Office Phone: 313-927-1539
Departmental Phone: 313-927-1556
e-mail: ude.evorgyram|nosrettaps#ude.evorgyram|nosrettaps
Office: 346 Madame Cadillac Hall
Office Hours: by appointment only


Mondays and Wednesdays, 0925-1040

Credit Hours



LS 105 and ENG 107 or their equivalents.

General Education Area

Religious and Philosophical Traditions

Catalog Description

Critical thinking is a foundational course in the study of argumentation. The primary focus of the course is on the reconstruction, classification, analysis, and evaluation of arguments using both formal and informal techniques, but with a special emphasis on the concepts and techniques of informal logic.

Required Texts

There are no texts required for purchase in this class. All readings will be made available either online through the course plan or via the library’s resources. Consult the course plan for more information.

Please note: While no books are required for purchase, it is strongly recommended that you obtain or secure access to a collegiate level dictionary and thesaurus (I recommend the handy combination of both in the Oxford Pocket Dictionary and Thesaurus, American Edition, ISBN 0-19-513097-9), and a style manual for written English such as the classic Elements of Style by Strunk and White (Fourth Edition, Allyn & Bacon, ISBN 0-205-30902) Regular access to and use of such references will be assumed.

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