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North Idaho College • Coeur d'Alene • Social & Behavioral Sciences • Philosophy

Logic and Critical Thinking PHIL-201

  • Fall 2012

  • Sections 1, 2, 3

  • 3.0 Credits

  • 08/27/2012 to 12/13/2012

  • Modified 08/24/2012

Contact Information

Instructor: Pat Lippert

Office: LKH 239
Phone: 769.3249

Office Hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, LKH 239

Meeting Times

Lecture, Section 1

Monday, Wednesday, 1:00 PM to 1:50 PM, LKH 245

Lecture, Section 2

Monday, Wednesday, 2:00 PM to 2:50 PM, LKH 245

Lecture, Section 3

Monday, Wednesday, 3:00 AM to 3:50 AM, LKH 245


PHIL 201 is a general introduction to the reasoning skills and psychological approaches used for effective decision making, problem solving, and argument analysis and evaluation. This course provides instruction in skills essential to success in everyday life, citizenship, and as a professional in any career. It fulfills the critical thinking requirement for the A.A. degree, but does not fulfill an arts and humanities requirement for either the A.A. or A.S. degrees. Lecture: 3 hours each week Recommended: ENGL 101 and/or COMM 101


Critical Reasoning

Author: Cederblom and Paulsen
Publisher: Thomson
Edition: Custom
Availability: Campus Bookstore


PHIL 201: Learning outcomes must include but are not limited to the following:

Understand and evaluate the structure and soundness of deductive arguments.

Understand and apply techniques for evaluating evidence and truth claims.

Understand and evaluate the structure and strength of inductive arguments, especially statistical generalization, analogical, and causal arguments.

Understand and Evaluate scientific reasoning, hypothesis formation, and abductive reasoning.

Recognize and Interpret common fallacies of language and logic.

Apply principles of logic and critical thinking to evaluation of real world, natural language arguments, issues and cases.

Understand and Apply basic principles and methods of problem-solving and decision-making.

Understand emotional and psychological dispositions that promote critical thinking in the strong sense, such as a questioning attitude, open-mindedness, fair-mindedness, reciprocity (critically evaluating one's own ideas and arguments), and the principle of charity (giving the other the benefit of the doubt, interpreting claims and arguments in their strongest sense).







8 assessments @ 10 points apiece                                      80

3 exercises @ 15 points apiece                                            45

Midterm                                                                                     75

Truth Paper                                                                               50

Total                                                                                         250

Extra credit “sprinkled” throughout the class                          15

         (So you have 265 chances to make 250 points.)



A-B-C-D grades on a 100-90-80-70 percent scale.

Course Policies


Attendance will be taken every day.  2 absences any variety OK.  More than 2 as unexcused, 2 pts off per. 



Week    1:            “A Syncretistic Hodgepodge” Logic History/Inference                     Online Check

Week    2:            Jacob Needleman/ Pragmatic Logic                                                 Jacob Needleman    

Week    3:            The Four Ways to Get a Belief/Pragmatic Logic                               A 1

Week    4:            Arguments Parts / Page 29 Patterns                                                  A 2

Week    5:            Syllogism Handout/Circles-Rules                                                        A 3

Week    6:            Syllogism Handout/Rules-Words                                                        Geocentric  Exercise

Week    7:            Syllogism Handout/Words-Paraphrasing                                                              

Week    8:            Midterm/Truth Tables                                                                           Midterm (in class)

Week    9:            Truth Tables/Natural Deduction                                                          Heliocentric Exercise

Week    10:          Induction                                                                                                A4

Week    11:          Definitions/Fallacies                                                                            A 5

Week    12:          Truth                                                                                                       A 6

Week    13:          Perception/Knowing the World                                                          Galaxocentric Exercise

Week    14:          Logic is Semeiotic                                                                               A 7

Week    15:          Logic as Semeiotic                                                                              A 8

Week    16:          Semeiosis and the summum bonum                                               Truth paper

Finals Week:                                                                                                                      Final


“A” means “assessment”, due online by next class-usually multiple choice, etc.        Objective

Geo/Helio/Galaxocentric exercises are online, due by class time listed.                    Objective

Truth paper will be 4-5 pages, with three citations.  Due last day of class.                  Essay

Final will be online, due by final time on finals week.                                                      Objective


Additional Items

Division Policies

For a complete explanation of the North Idaho College Statement on Academic Honesty & Academic Integrity please ferfer to Policy 5.06 & Procedure 5.06.01: 

Academic Dishonesty
Violations of academic integrity involve using or attempting to use any method that enables an individual to misrepresent the quality or integrity of his or her work at North Idaho College. These violations include the following:

Cheating: using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study in any academic exercise.
Fabrication: falsifying or inventing any information or citation in an academic exercise.
Plagiarism: knowingly representing the words or ideas of another as one's own in an academic exercise.
Violation of Intellectual Property: stealing, altering, or destroying the academic work of other members of the community or the educational resources,materials, or official documents of the college. Facilitating Academic Dishonesty: knowingly helping another to attempt to violate any provisions of this policy.

Student Responsibility
As outlined in the Student Code of Conduct, all North Idaho College students have both rights and responsibilities: Please access www.nic.ferpa.StudentCode/index.htm for complete information that pertains to this subject.

North Idaho College, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, provides both services and accommodations to students who meet the guidelines provided in these acts.  For a complete description, please see:

Please contact the North Idaho College Center for Educational Access in Seiter Hall, Room 100 for assistance.  Phone:  208-769-5947

To withdraw from all courses a student must obtain a college withdrawal form from the Registrar's Office, secure the signatures of those persons indicated on the form, and return the form to the Registrar's office. No student may withdraw from the college after the final date of withdrawal from courses except for compelling and extraordinary reasons. In such circumstances a student must petition the Admissions and Academic Standards Committee for late withdrawal from college using the college withdrawal form available in the Registrar's Office.

For complete information regarding student withdrawals, please see the North Idaho College Policy 5.04.01: 

Institutional Policies

Student Responsibilities

As students undertake to fulfill the obligations and duties outlined in this document, the college community of which they are a part undertakes to respect the basic freedoms of students. In recognition of students’ rights and dignity as members of the college, North Idaho College is committed to the principles found in the NIC Student Handbook.

Center for Educational Access/Disability Support Services

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, North Idaho College provides accommodations to eligible students who experience barriers in the educational setting due to learning, emotional / mental, physical, visual, or hearing disabilities.  Instructors will provide accommodations to students only after having received a Letter of Accommodation from the Center for Educational Access. 

If a student would like to request accommodations, he or she must contact the Center for Educational Access so that a Letter of Accommodation may be sent to the instructor.  Students requesting accommodations must contact the Center for Educational Access at the beginning of each semester.


By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You also understand that collection costs and legal fees will be added if the services of a collection agency are utilized.

If you are registered for a class and do not attend, you will still be liable for the tuition unless you drop the class.


Last day for students to withdraw from semester-length classes:

Instructor-Initiated Withdrawal: Instructors have the right to withdraw students for academic reasons up until the same date; in doing so, instructors must notify students through NIC e-mail within 48 hours of submitting documentation to the Registrar's office, and students have the right to appeal the instructor's decision. For more information, see the NIC Procedure:

Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy: All withdrawals, whether for individual classes, total withdrawal from school, or instructor-initiated are not considered to be satisfactory progress for financial aid.  See the Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy:

Additional withdrawal information:


An incomplete is assigned only if the student has been in attendance and has done satisfactory work to within three weeks of the end of the semester (or proportional length of time for a course of less than a semester in length).  Incompletes are issued only in cases of extenuating circumstances, such as severe illness or injury.  Incompletes are not issued in cases in which the student is simply unable to complete his/her work within the specified semester or session.  If a final grade of "I" is recorded, the instructor will indicate in writing to the Registrar what the student must do to make up the deficiency.  The instructor will indicate in the written statement what permanent grade should be entered if the Incomplete is not removed by the deadline.

All incomplete grades must be removed within six weeks after the first class day of the following term, excluding the summer session.  If the Incomplete is not removed by that date, the grade reverts to the grade indicated by the instructor's written statement authorizing the incomplete.

Discrimination and Harassment

North Idaho College has a zero tolerance policy for any acts of discrimination or harassment of any kind.  For more information, please see the NIC Student Handbook, Code of Conduct Article III and Article VIII. Compliance efforts with respect to these laws and regulations are the responsibility of each member of the campus community and are under the direction of the Dean of Students Office for Student Issues (2nd floor, Edminster Student Union Building, (208) 676-7156) and the Human Resources Office (Sherman Administration Building, (208) 769-3304) for employee issues.

Institutional Statement

DROP FOR NON-PAYMENT:  By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You will be dropped from classes if payment is not received by  5 p.m. Pacific Time on the third day of the semester. Students on the waitlist will be given the option to register for classes after students are dropped for non-payment.

REMOVAL FROM CLASS FOR NON-ATTENDANCE:  Attendance is based on your participation in this class. Failure to attend may result in your being removed from this class and may result in your financial aid award being reduced. You are responsible for confirming the accuracy of your attendance record.