The aim of the course is to significantly improve your reasoning skills, even if you are already an excellent critical thinker.  This we do by letting you exercise with making argument maps.   

Argument mapping is a way of graphically representing the logical structure of someone’s reasoning. An argument map helps you understand the evidence for and against a claim and can help decide if you should accept the claim. Argument maps work because the visual representation an argument’s logical structure makes it easier to display and investigate. For example, argument maps make it very easy to isolate individual steps in the argument for evaluation, which is one of the most crucial and difficult critical thinking skills. 

An additional benefit of argument mapping is that it makes discussing arguments much easier and aids the teaching of critical thinking because your class facilitator and fellow participants can more readily see exactly what your reasoning is. This allows for the rapid and reliable feedback needed for deliberate practice. (For evidence on the effectiveness of argument mapping see the relevant section in this short paper by Tim van Gelder or this longer paper by Charles Twardy.)

Course Modules: Textbook + Exercises

  Textbook: Introduction:

   Textbook: Colofon
  Textbook: Contents

  Module 1:  

 The Basic Parts of Argument

  Textbook Module 1
 Exercises Module 1

  Module 4:  


 Textbook Module 4
 Exercises Module 4

  Module 7:  

 Unstated Premises

 Textbook Module 7
 Exercises Module 7

 Module 10: 


  Textbook Module 10

 Module 2:

 Reasons, Objections and  Conclusions

 Textbook Module 2
 Exercises Module 2

 Module 5:

 Mapping Completely Stated  Arguments

 Textbook Module 5
 Exercises Module 5

 Module 8:  

 Refining Claims

 Textbook Module 8
 Exercises Module 8

 Module 11:

 How to convert maps to prose  arguments

 Textbook Module 11

 Module 3:


 Textbook Module 3
 Exercises Module 3

 Module 6:  

 Evidential relevance

 Textbook Module 6
 Exercises Module 6

 Module 9:

 Basic premises

 Textbook Module 9
 Exercises Module 9

 Module 12:

 Conclusion and Notes

 Conclusion and Notes

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