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Introduction to Logic and Rhetoric

Who are you calling a logical fallacy?

Question: Why would someone who lives in Barbados buy the Snuggie? Because they're so stylin'? Nope. Turns out, we buy useless stuff because we fall for someone's line...a.k.a. their rhetoric. This course teaches you how to use rhetoric so you, too, can peddle useless goods.

Just kidding. Actually, this course teaches you how to use rhetoric to enhance your well-reasoned, totally above-board arguments. It also teaches you:

  • How to spot logical fallacies—the real-world version of magical mind control.
  • The difference between inductive and deductive reasoning. One kind of reasoning is really popular in China. And China's so hot right now.
  • The thing that started it all: the argument. Find out what they are and how to make your very own.

But wait, there's more!

Actually, on second thought, that's pretty much it.

Course Breakdown

    Unit 1. Introduction to Logic and Rhetoric

    In four pithy sections, this course introduces students to:

    • the basics of argumentation, including claims, evidence, warrants, and concession and rebuttal
    • the three best known rhetorical devices, ethos, pathos and logos
    • some of the most common logical fallacies that students hear and use in their daily lives
    • the distinction between inductive and deductive argumentation

    Students will flex their newfound rhetorical muscles with two writing assignments: a persuasive essay chock full of rhetorical devices and an inductive paragraph.

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