Think Again II: How to Reason Deductively

“Think Again II: How to Reason Deductively” is the second in a series of four short courses that teach simple but vital rules to follow in thinking about any topic at all and common and tempting mistakes to avoid in reasoning. The courses discuss how to identify, analyze, and evaluate arguments by other people (including politicians, used car salesmen, and teachers) and how to construct arguments in order to help you decide what to believe or what to do.

In this course, you will learn how to evaluate deductive arguments for validity. In particular, you will learn new ways of representing the information that is contained in the premises of a deductive argument. Using these new representational devices (devices that we call “truth tables” and “Venn diagrams”), we will be able to apply rules to determine whether or not a particular deductive argument is valid.

Highlights:

  • The first run of this course had the highest enrollment (226,000 total) of any Duke MOOC session to date; one of the top 10 overall highest enrollments out of the 600+ courses offered on Coursera.
  • Experimented with incorporating student-produced videos as final course assignment.
  • Translated into Chinese.
  • Online materials used to develop a hybrid version of on-campus course.
  • Part of a series of Duke courses on Reasoning, Data Analysis and Writing, one of Coursera’s first ten Specializations.

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Instructors:

Ram Neta (UNC-Chapel Hill)

Ram Neta (UNC-Chapel Hill)


Department:

  • Philosophy

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Launch Date:

  • November 2016

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