Critical Reasoning

Critical Reasoning: A Romp Through the Foothills of Logic 

Critical Reasoning

Critical Reasoning

If you’d like to learn how to argue more productively this is the series for you. The series consists of six lectures which cover recognising, analysing and evaluating arguments, distinguishing deduction and induction, and common fallacies. All the lectures are interactive, and there are audio and video versions of each. I have included a set of answer sheets for all the answers to the exercises in the series. You will also find transcripts for all the lectures.

This series is the basis for OUDCE’s short online course on critical reasoning (LINK will go live as soon as the course is advertised). Its first run (in Michaelmas 2014) will be taught by me. Get in early if you want a place!

This series is also the basis of my book Critical Reasoning: A Romp Through the Foothills of Logic



Lecture One: The Nature of Arguments: How to Recognise Arguments (Transcript below)

Lecture Two: Analysing Arguments: How to Identify Premises and Conclusions (Transcript below)

Lecture Three: Deduction and Induction: Classifying Arguments (Transcript below)

Lecture Four: Deductive Validity: Evaluating Deductive Arguments (Transcript below)

Lecture Five: Inductive Strength: Evaluating Inductive Arguments (Transcript below)

Lecture Six: Fallacies: Understanding Where Arguments Go Wrong (Transcript below)

Answers to all the Exercises

Transcripts for all the lectures:

Week one:WK1TheNatureOfArgumentsTranscript

Week two: WK2AnalysingArgumentsTranscript

Week three: WK3DeductionAndInductionTranscript

Week four:Wk4DeductiveValidityTranscript

Week five: Week5InductiveStrengthTranscript

Week six: WK6FallaciesTranscript

2 Responses to Critical Reasoning

  1. Robert says:

    Lecture five: Evaluating Inductive Arguments video is not not complete

    • Marianne says:

      Hi Robert,

      It is not NOT complete? Are you saying it IS complete (and relying on the double negation rule)? Or are you telling me there is something wrong with it? Also, which inductive arguments video do you mean?


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