PHL 276: Critical Thinking
Section 01, Fall 2015
Steven W. Patterson, Ph.D.
Professor, Philosophy and Religious Studies Dept.,
Chair, Division of Letters
Office Phone: 313-927-1539
Departmental Phone: 313-927-1556
Office: 346 Madame Cadillac Hall
Office Hours: by appointment only
Mondays and Wednesdays, 0925-1040
LS 105 and ENG 107 or their equivalents.
General Education Area
Religious and Philosophical Traditions
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.
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.