Speak, Think, Argue

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Have you watched or read the news lately and worried we're living in an world in which bad logic and manipulative rhetoric have begun to erode and distort even the most basic facts? 


If so, you're not alone.


For most of the past 2,000 years, education was built on first mastering logic and rhetoric before moving on to any other studies. The idea was that, in order to better engage in the world, be a good citizen, and to learn to think and speak critically, we must first understand how to speak, think, and argue.


The focus on logic and rhetoric in education dissapated in the late 19th century and we have unfortunately moved away from those studies at a time when we need them most. 


In this session, we will discuss common logical fallacies riddling our current newscape, how to identify and dispell them, and how to speak more persusively by using logical arguments built one premise at a time. 


By the end of the session, you will be able to identify several logical fallacies, understand the tenets of a strong argument, and turn a more critical eye to the everything you see, read, and hear.

Student Reviews

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    Jessica V.
    Speak, Think, Argue

    Great class and teacher. A lot of great information and tools to help in everyday life.

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    Ovi H.
    Speak, Think, Argue

    A great session that shed light on lots of subtleties of everyday conversation, as well as the tools/techniques available to us in interpreting or generating communications.

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    Caren E.
    Speak, Think, Argue

    We learned how some advertisements present faulty logic and how we can avoid those pitfalls in our own logical arguments. I feel really excited about this subject now and I want to explore it more on my own.

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Hilary Hodge

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Hilary is a linguist, educator and philosophy lover. She currently directs Multilingual College, a language and culture center in Logan Square/Avondale. Hilary received her MA in Linguistics from the University of Florida and her BA in Spanish, Italian and Philosophy from Kenyon College. She enjoys the challenge of simplifying and synthesizing complex arguments as well as identifying ad hominem, argumentum a silentio and false dilemma logical fallacies (among many others!) in the media.