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Think Again: How to Reason and Argue ( (PIOG)

Posted by on Nov. 19, 2012 at 11:21 AM
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I was recently going through the course selection at  and came across a free course on how to reason and argue, and thought it sounded really interesting so I enrolled.  

It starts in a week and today I received an email about the course.  In the email it suggests we enlist friends and/or family to take the course with us.  I thought it might be fun for those interested to sign up and we could work on the course together in the group.  

I've included the course link above but here it is again.

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Each week will contain a series of short lectures along with exercises after each lecture and a quiz at the end of each of the four parts of the course. You should expect to spend on about 2 hours per week watching the lectures, another 2 hours per week doing the exercises, and about 1 hour on each quiz. The course website will also contain detailed information about discussion forums, and we will post notices as the course develops.

You will get more out of this course if you share the adventure, so we suggest that you encourage a few friends or family members to take the course with you. You can learn from each other if you discuss your own examples of arguments in areas that interest you. It will become easy for you to find stimulating and amusing examples of arguments in newspapers, television, advertisements, books, other courses, and elsewhere.

We also suggest that you obtain and read the recommended textbook: Understanding Arguments, Eighth Edition, by Walter Sinnott-Armstrong and Robert Fogelin, available from Wadsworth/Cengage Publishers at This textbook is not required in order to take the course, but it will probably be helpful to most of you.

We will be able to teach this course more effectively if we can get a better idea of who is taking it. To help us achieve this goal, please fill out a short survey at Thank you.

We will write you again when the first lectures and exercises become available on Monday, November 26. We are looking forward to it, and we hope you are, too.

Yours in Coursera,

Walter Sinnott-Armstrong (Duke University)
Ram Neta (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
by on Nov. 19, 2012 at 11:21 AM
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