Critical Reasoning and Logic (Kassel)

Lecturer: Dr. Malte Engel

Deadline: 29.08.2018

Target group: Promovierende und Postdocs

Scientists have to give arguments in many different contexts: in their publications, in grant applications, in lab meetings and in conference presentations. Nevertheless, the bases for strong and correct arguments are not always fully clear to them. Logic provides extremely helpful tools for scientists to develop their arguments in a coherent, well-structured and convincing way. The seminar introduces the most important concepts of logic: premises and conclusions of arguments, validity and soundness of arguments, deductive vs. inductive reasoning, common types of inferences and fallacies. The idea of the seminar is to use these concepts as a toolbox which provides very useful techniques for everyday scientific work. The participants learn how to reconstruct arguments from scientific texts, how to give well-structured and logically valid arguments, and how to avoid misunderstandings. There are two main sets of exercises: one for written argumentation and one for oral argumentation.

Contents:
- Basic concepts of logic
- Inductive and deductive arguments
- Fallacies
- Reconstructing arguments from texts
- Tips and exercises for written argumentation
- Tips and exercises for oral argumentation

About the lecturer:
Dr. Malte Engel studied philosophy, psychology and English and did his PhD in a neuroscience graduate program. In 2013 he founded the Insti-tute of Argumentation Competence. He has taught courses on critical reasoning in more than 40 universities and research institutions in Europe.
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