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Beginner Level

Approx. 11 hours to complete

English

Subtitles: Chinese (Simplified), Italian, Portuguese (Brazilian), English, Spanish

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
15 minutes to complete

Welcome to the Course

1 video (Total 5 min), 1 reading
1 reading
Course Logistics (Start Here)10m
3 hours to complete

Fallacies of Unclarity

9 videos (Total 71 min), 7 quizzes
9 videos
Argument from the Heap7m
Vagueness8m
Conceptual Slippery Slopes6m
Fairness Slippery Slopes6m
Causal Slippery Slopes6m
Ambiguity8m
Semantic and Syntactic Ambiguity13m
Fallacies of Equivocation6m
7 practice exercises
Introduction to Fallacies2m
Vagueness10m
Slippery Slopes6m
Fairness Slippery Slopes6m
Causal Slippery Slopes6m
Semantic and Syntactic Ambiguity8m
Fallacies of Equivocation20m
Week
2
2 hours to complete

Fallacies of Relevance

10 videos (Total 68 min), 5 quizzes
10 videos
Fallacies of Relevance: Ad Hominem8m
Silencers10m
Dismissers6m
Deniers6m
Appeals to Authority6m
Amplifiers4m
Supporters4m
Affirmers5m
Appeals to Popular Opinion3m
5 practice exercises
Dismissers6m
Deniers6m
Supporters6m
Affirmers12m
Appeals to Popular Opinion10m
1 hour to complete

Fallacies of Vacuity and Circularity

3 videos (Total 17 min), 3 quizzes
3 videos
Circularity and Begging the Question4m
Self-Sealers8m
3 practice exercises
Fallacies of Vacuity10m
Circularity and Begging the Question12m
Self-Sealers6m
Week
3
3 hours to complete

Refutation: Its Varieties and PItfalls

7 videos (Total 71 min), 4 quizzes
7 videos
Refutation by Parallel Reasoning11m
False Dichotomy16m
Reductio Ad Absurdum7m
Counterexamples10m
Attacking a Straw Man12m
Why Walter Should Shave His Head6m
4 practice exercises
Refutation by Parallel Reasoning22m
Counterexamples12m
Reductio Ad Absurdum14m
Attacking a Straw Man12m
Week
4
1 hour to complete

Catch-Up and Final Quiz

1 video (Total 5 min), 1 quiz
1 video
1 practice exercise
Final Exam1h
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Top reviews from Think Again IV: How to Avoid Fallacies

By LBSep 25th 2017

This course has been incredible and more than anything because of the energy put by the instructors, I truly thank you for helping the world to become a better place to live.\n\nfrom Colombia, Luis.

By CKMay 30th 2017

This course will be immensely helpful in structuring my thoughts in a logical and manner by addressing pertinent material and avoiding fallacy traps. Thank you so much!!!

Instructors

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Dr. Walter Sinnott-Armstrong

Professor
Philosophy
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Dr. Ram Neta

Professor
Philosophy

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