This is a one-day face to face workshop in Newtown, Sydney, 10th April 2021.
What should you believe in? How do you know?
In today’s climate of ‘truthiness*’: fake-news, post-truth, propaganda, denialism, conspiracy theories, and skepticism about expertise – can epistemology provide clarity?
Epistemology is the philosophical study of knowledge and is usually discussed in reference to belief, truth, justification or evidence.
This course is an introduction to epistemology, with a focus on what grounds or justification our beliefs might have, even when we fall short of certitude in knowledge. Our discussion will move away from theoretical debates that portray knowledge and skepticism as ‘either-or’ choices.
You will leave this workshop with ideas from epistemology to apply to more recent phenomena, including denialism and conspiracy theories.
*‘Truthiness’ refers to the quality of seeming to be true but not necessarily or actually true according to known facts. It was voted in 2006 as Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year..
When: Saturday 10th April 2020, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (1-day face to face workshop)
Where: Sydney, Newtown, Centre for Continuing Education, University of Sydney
This is taught via Zoom and Online over three 2 hour weekly sessions.
This course offers a basic introduction to symbolic logic and deductive arguments, truth-tables and truth-trees. Formal logic is a powerful tool that can be used to evaluate an argument’s validity for proper form. Deductive arguments are found in philosophy, ethics, and other disciplines where precision and rigour are required.
Join us to learn how to translate arguments from English into propositional logic, and to determine if arguments are valid or fallacious.
This course aims to teach the main concepts, techniques and skills in deductive argument evaluation using the proof methods of truth-tables and trees. It teaches the five basic logical connectives, and how to translate an argument from natural language into formal language for testing.
By the end of this course, you should be able to:
Format: Online via Zoom, 2 hours per session x 3 weekly sessions.
When: Starting Tuesday 11th May 6pm to 8pm.
Previous student feedback for Formal Logic:
Wow! What a course! Within the first 5 minutes I knew this wasn't going to be a sit-back-and-snack-on-popcorn affair. It was excellent. The tutor is expert and wholly focussed on making his material easy to follow. He provides extra practice resources for those who want it, and is unbelievably generous with his time and support. I've learned so much. I like relaxed learning as much as anyone but I loved the challenge of this course, which was enough to be stimulating but not so much that it was too hard or boring. I'd love to do more courses with this guy.
Robert is an excellent lecturer - good communication skills, excellent breath of exercises and content provided to students and provides additional support by providing catch up classes.