Philosophy 110: Practical Reasoning
|To demonstrate your understanding of
course objectives and to illustrate the practical nature of the skills
covered, you are to compile and submit a portfolio of examples and
From the list that follows at the end, you must find examples of arguments and fallacies that we've studied. Your portfolio must contain 10 distinct examples. You may take examples from any published source except logic publications. You can use books, magazines, newspapers, and the Internet. Examples can be advertisements, editorials, cartoons, letters to the editor, etc.
Only one example may be taken from any one author.
For texts of more than 50 words, you must circle or underline the passage you are analyzing. When it is practical to do so, provide the entire text (e.g., do not give me an isolated paragraph from a longer piece of writing). When drawing examples from a book, it will not be practical to give me the entire text. In that case, photocopy enough of the context to make the passage intelligible to me.
Analysis (for sample portfolio pages, click here)
You may not draw examples from logic books or web sites about logic. You may not use the same author twice. Periodicals and other dated material must be recent. (No, you can't use those old magazines mom stores in the basement.) Examples from magazines, newspapers, etc., cannot have been published before the start of the current academic semester.
You must submit 10 different examples with analyses. The examples are to be distributed as instructed among the four groups, and each example will demonstrate your knowledge of a different type of argument or fallacy. (For example, you can only provide one example of excluding possibilites in demonstrating knowledge of Group One. You can also do false dilemma in demonstrating knowledge of Group Three, but it must be a different example than the one used for Group One.)
Group One (Submit any 2 of these)
Group Two (Submit any 2 of these)
Group Three (Submit any 3 of these)
Group Four (Submit any 3 of these)
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