Critical thinking is a branch of philosophy that is concerned with the logic, rules, and structure of argumentation and dialogue. It is often referred to as “informal logic,” and is concerned with the way in which we use forms of reasoning, (or the lack of it) in our everyday discourse. This course will explore the rules of critical thinking with a focus on the nature of logical fallacies commonly committed in argumentation. Students will also engage in “philosophical action” by investigating the various commissions of logical fallacies in current political and public discourse, including political debates, talk radio, television talk shows, advertising, and local public discourse. Offered as needed every two to three years.