Think Again I
How to Understand Arguments

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In this course, you will learn what an argument is.

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Taught by
Dr. Walter Sinnott-Armstrong
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Offered by
Duke University

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r/PhilosophyBookClub • comment
5 points • Timedoutsob

There is a great fun course on [Reason and Logic on Coursera] (

You might want to check out History of philosophy without any gaps podcast for a nice fun intro to earlier philosophy.

r/exjw • comment
4 points • lucky607

I took a Corsera class on arguments once. I had fun finding all of the argument words in the WT.

r/islam • post
3 points • NeedToRegisterQuick
Some advice and feedback for a Muslim interested in learning some lite Islamic philosophy?

I've set my mind to read and learn some lite philosophy.

An online MOOC on arguments as well as the other four in its series. They go into reasoning and avoiding fallacies.

Aristotle's Rhetoric.

Plato's The Republic.

Machiavelli's The Prince.

Marcus Aurelius' Meditations.

Tamim Ansary's Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World through the Islamic Eyes.

And most importantly, Al-Ghazali's Breaking the Two Barriers and Disciplining the Soul.

I plan to read all these books to gain a diverse understanding of philosophy before delving deeper into Islamic philosophy. Is this a good idea? I already consider myself a believing Muslim Alhamdulilah w/ a decent iman.

Also because they're all reviewed highly, can contribute to my self development and sound really interesting.

Do you think this would be a decent start? My eventual goal would be to understand Islamic Fiqh and Jurisprudence. I'd like to understand the process that goes behind developing fatwas and interpretations. Perhaps I may go to a university for this, I haven't decided yet - setting a 5-7 year timeline for this.

My one concern is probably logical thinking since I've struggled with Maths in the past.

Edit: I'm also aiming to learn Arabic in a 5-7 years time scale too

r/brasil • comment
2 points • tedisalive

r/pics • comment
2 points • the_howard14

Thank you so much, please come back any time if you want to get your ass handed to you in an argument again.

Why not try this while you're at it.

r/IWantToLearn • comment
1 points • grassygreens

I don't know if this is the type of thing you're looking for but Coursea has a series of courses on this topic. Obviously it's a time commitment but it's interesting

r/slatestarcodex • comment
3 points • AlternativeEbb

At one point I started but didn’t finish a pretty great Coursera course on this. It might have been this one:

Edit: actually, I think it was this one.

r/PublicFreakout • comment
1 points • a_realnobody

You do, or you wouldn't have started this ridiculous conversation with me in the first place.

I found a course for you. Hopefully you will learn what arguments are and how to make them. Best of luck!

Edited because oops, not free.

r/BreadTube • comment
1 points • 1Bam18

Might be useful to take some philosophy classes through coursera. I haven't taken any personally, although I'm using it for some other topics and they're generally pretty good (although it's possible a specific course might be bad). here's the first class from their Think Again series which is taught by a professor from Duke University. All the material is free if you click on "enroll for free" and scroll down to "Full course, no certificate".

r/KotakuInAction • comment
1 points • FreeThinkingMan

"You labeling my echochamber as alt right when it is alt left disproves your logical arguments, I won't tell you how but it does. You don't know what empricism is because it disproves your arguments, I won't tell you how though. You don't know what null hypothesis, this also disproves you, but I will also not produce a logical argument how for that either. Hurr Durr".

You truly don't know how logical discourse works, you would be far less emotional and you would communicate like an adult if you did. Don't feel bad, most of your ilk doesn't know how to either, so when confronted with reason, how on earth are you supposed to provide logical counter arguments in defense of your positions? This is what happens when you never step out of your echochamber and never challenge your ideas through logical discourse. You never obtain the ability to construct logical arguments and counter arguments for your positions so you are left with childish quips. It is truly sad that you are unable to engage in logical discourse, which is one of the few things that separates us from non human animals. I presume your an adult, but if you aren't then I guess you still have a chance at obtaining this important life skill, I just hope you have the intellectual honesty to comprehend what I am articulating to you at this moment.

I encourage you to take this four part online class from Duke, it is free. I honestly didn't know the importance of logical arguments in defending positions, how to follow them, and how to structure them before I trained to do so when I studied philosophy. When you learn how to think logically and support your views with logical arguments you will be surprised at how many of your beliefs are baseless and illogical. I urge you to go down that rabbit hole. I recommend you work to obtain this skill and use it to construct arguments for the things you dogmatically believe. It is a fun journey, go down the rabbit hole.

You are welcome.

Edit: this skill set will also help you follow the arguments of your information sources so you will be able to identify when they are talking out of their asses. This is common for right wing propaganda and youtube personalities they will use tone instead of logic in order to instill views.

r/Mcat • comment
1 points • RPSavant

in that case I would go with Kaplan over EK their books have useful test-taking tips. other than that it might be better to take a lot of practice tests so you can improve critical thinking for the test. Or go really far down the rabbit hole and start taking a course on argumentation, inductive and deductive reasoning, and logical fallacies

r/NoStupidQuestions • comment
1 points • anonmind12

Consider learning how to assess the validity of your opinions better. For example this free course about arguments on Coursera could help.

r/IWantToLearn • comment
1 points • BlueKing7642

Coursera has a series of free courses on understanding arguments called Think Again

They also have a course called Intellectual Humility which is about having a healthy sense of your knowledge gaps.

r/GolfGTI • comment
1 points • Xmeromotu

My problem with the Deutsche Auto Parts opinion you cite is

  1. You don’t even address what I said, so you cannot claim I’m “wrong” if you’re not citing something relevant. Yes, I’m a lawyer, so when I tell you you’re citing irrelevant material, it’s a professional opinion not some drivel from a kid who googled the question. 🤣

  2. DAP is trying to sell me something, so obviously their “solution” to this non-problem is to tell me that I need their product. Shockingly, that is exactly what your article recommends! 😱

  3. Popular Mechanics is a legitimate publication written and/or edited by engineers, and is trying to sell magazines and advertising rather than products (directly) so it has little incentive to mislead you and a tremendous incentive to make sure its information is accurate so you’ll buy the next issue.

Try this class:

r/AskReddit • comment
1 points • broccoli_meister

Here's a course link if you're curious, looks good, though I haven't done it myself. Have done philosophy otherwise though

r/IWantToLearn • comment
1 points • dimaboyko

My advice would be to get some Critical Thinking course to get to know basic stuff. For example in here. And then practice it, try to avoid some of those biases when you forming your opinion about something.

r/cringe • comment
1 points • firsttimeforeveryone

Dude... tell me where I said you were wrong 100% because you were using logical fallacies. All I did was point out your fallacies. I actually entertained your first one and answered it.

>You say we can't directly compare watching someone starve and dropping bombs from the sky. Neither of these actions were as sanitary and passive as you characterize them. Both Nazi death camp guards and the soldiers bombing civilian targets with incendiary bombs are actively murdering people. It is, in fact, directly comparable.

Ok!!!!!!!! - again this isn't an argument against my original point - argue against how I classify the people I'm talking about not try to draw a parallel and say how it proves me wrong. But ok... What I was getting at is there is a difference for humans and how we conceptualize others' deaths when you are up in the sky dropping a bomb vs watching someone wither away in front of you. If you think they are directly comparable, that is laughable.

>In other words, "I was only following orders." Which a bomber crew that dropped incendiary bombs on civilian targets would never have had to say because their side won the war.

What are you on about? This has nothing to do with who won the war. I said in my other comment I would be fine if you mourned/celebrated Nazi bombers that died doing the Blitz.


Look I'll make the fucking argument for you... the argument against me isn't that "oh but what about the Nazi's derp derp derp." The argument against what I said is that humans have free will and saying they knew what they were doing was wrong and wasn't achieving victory so any moral human would not have done the action.

Dude, you don't know how to make a proper logical argument. It's sad you tried to point out a logical fallacy I made and just got it wrong. Just some suggestions.


r/Gunners • comment
1 points • bubbygups

These are things children resort to when they're losing an argument. But you knew that. Instead of stooping to your level, let me help you out. Here's a link to an online critical thinking course:

It starts today, and there's financial aid available.

You're welcome.

r/askphilosophy • comment
1 points • as-well

> Should I start with formal or informal logic?

Depends a bit on your goal. If you want to learn more about arguments, informal logic and/or argumentation theory is what you're looking for.

> Any Youtube channels you recommend?

I'm not aware of any good ones that don't get into a lesswrongian obsession with fallacies.

Maybe try this Coursera class (should be free):

Looking around I also found this for a more formal approach. I cannot vouch for the quality:

r/atheism • comment
1 points • Ransom__Stoddard

Look at They have a series of courses from Duke university that go through logic and reason.


r/politics • comment
1 points • ETfhHUKTvEwn

A whole bunch of people lacking critical research skills making long-winded videos, does not research make.

r/getdisciplined • comment
3 points • beingisdoing

You could try coursera. They provide free online courses offered by various universities. They are well organized and easy to access. They usually offer some materials and might require or suggest you buy a few books. I'd stick with the required to stuff to save money.

I would also try to not get carried away as it can become an addiction trying to consume as much information as possible. Do one or two courses at a time, max, depending on the amount of free time you have available.

As far as topics? Just start exploring. They have tons. But I'd suggest getting a good variety. For example, a course on Buddhism and then a course on argumentation. A course on history and then one on personal finance. Here are some of their offerings:

r/videos • comment
1 points • ebilgenius

So Trump's not allowed to have any credit whatsoever for unemployment going down, just because it's kinda sorta maintaining a trend rate?

That's fucking retarded. You're just rigging the definition. If it keeps going down then it's only "following the trend", if it stays the same then Trump's failing, and if it goes up then Trump's failing.

Here's a few articles you might want to read first before you make arguments like this:

r/askphilosophy • comment
1 points • Mauss22

There are some guidelines provided at r/AskPhilosophyFAQ. See this post. The first section, "Short Broad Overviews" is relevant if you can find online versions.

The FAQ also has posts on things like video (YouTube) and audio (Podcast) recommendations. Extra podcast: Panpsychast. Extra video: the Harvard Justice series by Sandel.

There are lots of MOOCs: John Holbo's Reason and Persuasion; Stanford's Mathematical Thinking (MOOC); the two on Ancient Philosophy, on Plato & Aristotle; one on Critical Thinking.

r/unimelb • comment
1 points • Mathew19_26

Academic writing:

Refining arguments:

APA referencing:


For improving my comprehension of humanities theories, I watched some Tom Nicholas videos on youtube, like-


and this:

I also read " Stylish Academic Writing" by Helen Sword and "A Professors Guide to Essay Writing" by Jacob Neumann.

As for time management, I read "The Straight-A Method" by Cal Newport and learnt how to use Notion by watching Youtube videos from Ali Abdaal and Thomas Frank.