This is an online workshop. The log-in details will be communicated to registered participants in due time.
The workshop times are 9-14h on both days. Additionally, participants need to schedule 30-60 minutes for "homework" on both days. After the workshop, appointments for individual discussions with feedback on the participants' text and/or excersises are made.
Scientists have to give arguments in many different contexts: in their publications, in grant applications, in lab meetings and in conference presentations. Nevertheless, the bases for strong and correct arguments are not always fully clear to them. Logic provides extremely helpful tools for scientists to develop their arguments in a coherent, well-structured and convincing way. The course introduces the most important concepts of logic:
premises and conclusions of arguments, validity and soundness of arguments, deductive vs. inductive reasoning, common types of inferences and fallacies. The idea of the course is to use these concepts as a toolbox which provides useful techniques for everyday scientific work. The participants learn how to reconstruct arguments from scientific texts, how to give well-structured and logically valid arguments, and how to avoid misunderstandings.
- get to know the fundamental concepts of logic
(validity, soundness, standard form, fallacies etc.)
- learn to quickly identify the strengths and weaknesses of arguments
- learn how to break arguments down into their logical structure
- learn how to give well-structured and convincing arguments (written and orally)
- practice analytical-thinking skills
- Really useful course. Highly recommended.
- The course helps to realize the structure of arguments in texts and to clarify your own arguments. It is enlightening to understand which part of texts actually contains "the argument".
- Teaches critical way of thinking and debating.
- This workshop helped me grasp the importance of forming a valid and sound argument, both in discussions and written work. Furthermore, it helped me understand how to analyse arguments and identify fallacies and how to handle them. The trainer did everything to make sure we understood the material, I thoroughly recommend this workshop.
- This course gave me tools to structure arguments so that they are easily understood by others. I believe this course is ideal for someone who is writing a paper or preparing his/her thesis defense.
- Jonas was a great teacher, highly dedicated to his job and the webinar was very entertaining and informative. Will be useful for the PhD defense and the dissertation writing process!