Faculteit Wijsbegeerte
Jaar 2022/23
Vakcode FI204JL
Vaknaam Fallacies
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II a
Rooster rooster.rug.nl

Uitgebreide vaknaam Fallacies
Leerdoelen Upon completion of the course, the students can:
● Discuss the conceptualization of (would-be) fallacies such as Fallacy of Popularity, Emotional Appeal, Ambiguity, Appeal to Authority, Personal Attack, Fallacy of the Stick.
● Discuss various evaluative perspectives on fallacies as provided by: Dialogue types (inquiry dialogue, deliberation dialogue, persuasion dialogue, negotiation dialogue, information seeking and eristic dialogue), epistemology, logic, rhetoric.
● Discuss norms for balancing adversariality and cooperation.
● Develop an argumentation theory about a fallacy at choice, and report on it in an essay.
Omschrijving In this course, we discuss the nature of a cogent argument, and how it connects to ‘means of persuasion’ such as pressure, emotion, trust and reliability, and the vagaries of meaning. The recurring theme is: what distinguishes reasonable and fallacious uses, and how far can we get with building a dialogue-theoretical model of these fallacies? We focus on: the fallacy of the stick (ad baculum), the fallacy of bargaining, the pathetic fallacy (ad populum), arguments from popularity (also a kind of ad populum), personal attacks (ad hominem), and the fallacy of ambiguity (equivocatio). We pay special attention to the questions: How to respond to a fallacy? How to design deliberation that strikes a good balance between rhetorical effectiveness and dialectical reasonableness? Should discussion be adversarial or cooperative?
Uren per week
Vaksoort master
Coördinator dr. J.A. van Laar
Docent(en) dr. J.A. van Laar
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Digital reader "Fallacies"
Entreevoorwaarden None required
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