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English

Subtitles: Arabic, Ukrainian, Chinese (Simplified), Italian, Portuguese (Brazilian), German, English, Spanish, Romanian...

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
5 hours to complete

How to Spot an Argument

10 videos (Total 101 min), 10 quizzes
10 videos
What Is an Argument?7m
What are Arguments Used For? Justification5m
Strong Arguments Don't Always Persuade Everyone8m
What Else are Arguments Used For? Explanation13m
What are Arguments Made Of? Language14m
Meaning9m
Linguistic Acts7m
Speech Acts9m
Conversational Acts17m
10 practice exercises
Why Arguments Matter6m
What Is an Argument?20m
What are Arguments Used For? Justification8m
Strong Arguments Don't Always Persuade Everyone10m
What Else are Arguments Used For? Explanation16m
What are Arguments Made Of? Language8m
Meaning12m
Linguistic Acts8m
Speech Acts24m
Conversational Acts18m
Week
2
5 hours to complete

How to Untangle an Argument

10 videos (Total 130 min), 9 quizzes
10 videos
Standard Form3m
A Problem for Arguments12m
Assuring14m
Guarding8m
Discounting10m
Evaluation17m
Close Analysis (Part I)20m
Close Analysis (Part II)13m
More Close Analysis17m
9 practice exercises
Argument Markers22m
Standard Form12m
A Problem for Arguments4m
Assuring10m
Guarding10m
Discounting10m
Evaluation14m
Close Analysis (Part II)20m
More Close Analysis20m
Week
3
5 hours to complete

How to Reconstruct an Argument

11 videos (Total 150 min), 9 quizzes
11 videos
Soundness4m
Get Down to Basics21m
Sharpen Edges17m
Organize Parts14m
A Student Example: A Debate About Smartphones in Class11m
Fill in Gaps22m
Conclude2m
An Example of Reconstruction (Part I)9m
An Example of Reconstruction (Part II)9m
An Example of Reconstruction (Part III)10m
9 practice exercises
Validity22m
Soundness (Part I)8m
Soundness (Part II)6m
Get Down to Basics14m
Sharpen Edges10m
Organize Parts16m
Fill in Gaps10m
Conclude6m
An Example of Reconstruction8m
Week
4
1 hour to complete

Catch-Up and Final Quiz

1 quiz
1 practice exercise
Final Quiz1h
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Top reviews from Think Again I: How to Understand Arguments

By FYJul 6th 2018

I found this course very challenging as I find critical thinking very difficult. However this course was extremely rewarding and I will be taking the other three modules in the Think Again series.

By RHFeb 16th 2017

This is a very very engaging and applicable course, and is truly presented with 10/10 efficacy! I couldn't be more sincere and adamant in my recommendation, no matter who you are or what you do.

Instructors

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Dr. Walter Sinnott-Armstrong

Professor
Philosophy
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Dr. Ram Neta

Professor
Philosophy

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