Topics: Academia, Academic dishonesty, University Pages: 18 (4458 words) Published: February 26, 2014
Critical Thinking Department of Philosophy A. Blake Nespica

CRN 14223
TR 4:00 PM – 4:50 PM
Langdale Hall 517


A. Blake Nespica
Dept. Office
34 Peachtree Bldg, Suite 1100
Office Hours

TR 2:20 PM – 3:50 PM, and by appointment
10 Park Place, LLA-14AA.
Dept. Phone
(404) 413-6100 (office message)

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE COMMON FINAL EXAM FOR THIS COURSE IS FRIDAY, MAY 2, from 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM IN A BLDG & ROOM TBA. You can view the GoSOLAR final exam schedule for common final exams on the last page of the link at

The primary objective of Phil 1010 (which fulfills an Area B requirement in the Core) is to help you improve your critical thinking skills. Critical thinking is the skill of recognizing, composing and evaluating arguments. All college courses rely on arguments. Examples include: arguments about business plans, arguments about the qualities of a novel, arguments about the significance of historical events, and arguments about the nature and function of genetic material. Doing well in this course should increase your chances of successfully completing the core curriculum, the courses required by your major, and other courses required to earn your degree.

This course is not intended to be an introduction to philosophy and it does not focus on ideas discussed in most philosophy classes (e.g., justice, knowledge, mind). For an introduction to philosophy, take Phil 2010, Introduction to Philosophy (which fulfills an Area C requirement in the core). Phil 1010 is not a prerequisite for Phil 2010.

Prerequisites: There are no other courses required for taking this course; however a significant portion of the course grade involves writing in English, so completion of English composition courses is recommended.

Critical Thinking: The Art of Argument, 2nd custom edition. Rainbolt & Dwyer, ISBN 9781133269458
There are used copies of this book available online and in the bookstore. Aplia for Critical Thinking: The Art of Argument
Other handouts will be sent electronically.

There are four different versions of the textbook, but of course you only need one of them. Two are GSU custom editions, and two are national editions. The GSU custom editions are exactly the same as the national editions except that they are printed in black and white and have chapter six removed, since we do not teach chapter six here at GSU. The GSU custom editions were made to save students money and are typically cheaper when purchased new, but the opposite may be the case with used copies, as there are many more used copies of the national edition available for purchase online.

As indicated above, I will use the 2nd custom edition, and I recommend that you get this version as well. You may purchase the 1st national edition, however, if you find a copy.

Here’s where it gets weird. The 2nd custom edition corresponds to the 1st national edition. If you get either of these texts, you’ll be okay. The 2nd national edition is brand new and has changes in almost every chapter that make it substantially different from the text you need. Do NOT get the 2nd national edition, and do NOT get the 1st custom edition. Specifically, here are the points you need to keep in mind:

1. Critical Thinking: The Art of Argument, 2nd custom edition. (RECOMMENDED, you should purchase this text)
Cover picture: the roof of a Greek Temple

2. Critical Thinking: The Art of Argument, 1st custom edition. (DO NOT PURCHASE)
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