Critical Reasoning and Logic (Kassel) (Online)
Lecturer: Dr. David Lanius

Deadline: 21.09.2020

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.

Contents:
- Basic concepts of logic
- Inductive and deductive arguments
- Common types of fallacies
- Reconstructing arguments from texts
- Tips and exercises for written argumentation

Equipment:
- PC/Laptop
- Headset/Microphone and Speaker
- Camera would be nice, but is not mandatory



About the lecturer:
Dr. David Lanius is lecturer and researcher at the DebateLab of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and founder of Forum für Streitkultur. He studied philosophy, linguistics and logic and received a scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes) to write a dissertation on "Strategic indeterminacy in the Law" at the Humboldt University of Berlin (published with Oxford University Press). During his studies David Lanius was at Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain), at Institute of Logic, Language, and Computation in Amsterdam (Netherlands) and at University of Southern California in Los Angeles (USA). He has several years of teaching experience in the university and non-university sector.
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