PHI103: Informal Logic (ACL2034C) Week 1 – Discussion Forum
Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.
Standard Form Arguments [WLOs: 2, 3, 4] [CLOs: 1, 2]
Read the assigned chapters in your course textbook.
Watch the following videos:
Identifying Premises and Conclusions (Links to an external site.)
What Is an Argument? (Links to an external site.)
What (Links to an external site.) Is a Good Argument? (Part I) (Links to an external site.)
What Is a Good Argument?: The Logic Condition (Links to an external site.)
The Value of Using Standard Form (Links to an external site.)
Complete the interactive module PHI 103 Premises and Conclusions (Links to an external site.).
Your instructor will choose the discussion question and post it as the first post in the discussion forum. Answer all the questions in the prompt, and read any resources that are required to complete the discussion properly. If you have not done so already, begin by choosing a topic from the Final Paper Options list to use in your writing assignments in this course. You can find these options here or under the required resources for the course.
Guided Response: In addition to your original post, post a minimum of three responses for a total of at least four posts. At least two responses must be to your classmates; the third response could be to a classmate or your instructor. Be sure to post on three separate days throughout the week to promote further engagement and discussion. Each response should be a minimum of 75 words.
Aug 11, 2020Local: Aug 11, 2020 at 7:42am<br>Course: Aug 11, 2020 at 8:42am
For this discussion, choose a topic of interest for which you feel you could create a strong argument on both sides or choose from one of the following topics (e.g. Should Marijuana be legalized? Should churches pay taxes? Should college be free?). You are not limited to these issues, but the issue you choose should be similar in nature: something for which you can present “both sides” of the argument.
In your initial post:
Present the strongest argument you can on two different sides of your topic. Make sure to put both arguments in standard form, with the premises listed above the conclusion. Without taking sides on the issue, consider and discuss two of the following questions: Do these arguments represent the best arguments on each side of the question? What more can we do to better understand those on the both sides of important questions? In what ways can this kind of exercise can help you to look at issues more objectively and fairly? What more can people do to understand the views of those with different perspectives on this and other topics? Do you think that understanding issues as strongly as possible from multiple points of view could promote a better life?
In addition to your own post, post a minimum of three responses, two of which must be to your classmates. The third response could be to a classmate or your instructor. Be sure to post on three separate days throughout the week to promote further engagement and discussion. Each response should be a minimum of 50 words.