Logic and Politics: How to Make an Argument with Ben Burgis

In this course you’ll learn how to break apart arguments and see if they work and, when they don’t, where and how they go wrong. In a typical university informal logic or “critical reasoning” course, you might do this by studying unrealistic stock examples—arguments no one would ever make in real life. Instead, in this course, we’ll focus on examples from real arguments made in hotly contested political and philosophical debates on subjects ranging from capitalism vs. socialism to gender identity.

Enrollment in RU webinars includes access both to the live sessions and recorded video of all sessions for streaming.

Sessions will run between 2 and 2.5 hours.

Attendees can choose to share their name, video or audio, during the live sessions or, if they wish, to just watch anonymously.

3 Credits

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  • Level 1 members receive 1 credit with their membership. Purchase additional credits to enroll in multi-credit courses.
  • Level 2 members receive 6 credits with their membership.
  • Level 3 memberships receive 10 credits with their memberhsip.

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Instructor: Ben Burgis

Sessions: Tuesdays June 1, 8, 15, 22 @ 8:30 PM Eastern (5:30 PM Pacific)

Each session will run between 2 and 2.5 hours

Each session will be recorded and immediately available for streaming for participants who are unable to attend a session.

In this course you’ll learn how to break apart arguments and see if they work and, when they don’t, where and how they go wrong.

In a typical university informal logic or “critical reasoning” course, you might do this by studying unrealistic stock examples—arguments no one would ever make in real life. Instead, in this course, we’ll focus on examples from real arguments made in hotly contested political and philosophical debates on subjects ranging from capitalism vs. socialism to gender identity.

In all cases, the point isn’t to tell you what to think, but to help you sharpen the analytic tools you can use to sift through these issues for yourself.

Instructor Bio:

Ben Burgis is a professor of philosophy at Georgia State University and the author of Give Them An Argument: Logic for the Left.

3 Credits

Join an RU tier to enroll in this course.

  • Level 1 members receive 1 credit with their membership. Purchase additional credits to enroll in multi-credit courses.
  • Level 2 members receive 6 credits with their membership.
  • Level 3 memberships receive 10 credits with their memberhsip.
Click the Join RU button above to get started!

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  • Unlimited access to all video courses
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  • Full access to The Quad

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$ 249
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  • Unlimited access to all video courses
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    Courses, RU Live, and Office Hours
  • Discounts on additional credits for Courses, RU Live, and Office Hours​
  • Full access to The Quad

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Yearly
  • Unlimited access to all video courses
  • 10 credits, redeemable on
    RU Live, and Office Hours
  • Discounts on additional credits
    for RU Live and Office Hours​
  • Full access to The Quad