Critical Thinking: A Free Course

In the playlist above, Gre­go­ry Sadler presents a 24-lec­ture course on “Crit­i­cal Thinking”–something the world could always use more of. Pre­sent­ed at Fayet­teville State Uni­ver­si­ty, the course fea­tures lec­tures on top­ics like Deduc­tive and Induc­tive Argu­ments, Fal­lac­i­es, Rhetor­i­cal Devices, Appeals to Author­i­ty and much more. The text­book used (and ref­er­enced) in the course was Moore and Park­er’s Crit­i­cal Think­ing. The indi­vid­ual lec­tures are as fol­lows:

  1. Issues, Claims, Argu­ments
  2. Argu­ments and Non-Argu­ments
  3. Val­ue Judge­ments 
  4. Deduc­tive and Induc­tive Argu­ments with Implic­it Premis­es
  5. Com­plex Argu­ments, Unstat­ed Premis­es
  6. Deduc­tive and Induc­tive Argu­ments 1
  7. Deduc­tive and Induc­tive Argu­ments 2
  8. Deduc­tive and Induc­tive Argu­ments 3
  9. Fal­lac­i­es of Com­po­si­tion and Divi­sion
  10. Infor­ma­tion Sources
  11. Experts and Appeal to Author­i­ty
  12. Crit­i­cal Think­ing and Adver­tis­ing
  13. Rhetor­i­cal Devices 1
  14. Rhetor­i­cal Devices 2
  15. Rhetor­i­cal Devices 3
  16. Fal­lac­i­es 1
  17. Fal­lac­i­es 2
  18. Fal­lac­i­es 3
  19. Fal­lac­i­es 4
  20. Fal­lac­i­es 5
  21. Fal­lac­i­es 6
  22. Induc­tive Argu­ments 1
  23. Induc­tive Argu­ments 2
  24. Induc­tive Argu­ments 3

Also find the com­plete playlist of lec­tures on YouTube here. Sadler’s YouTube chan­nel fea­tures oth­er cours­es and a wealth of phi­los­o­phy lec­tures.

“Crit­i­cal Think­ing” has been added to our list of Free Phi­los­o­phy Cours­es, a sub­set of our col­lec­tion, 1,700 Free Online Cours­es from Top Uni­ver­si­ties.

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