Courses for PhD students and Postdocs
Scientists have to give arguments in many different contexts: in their publications, in lab-meetings, in grant-applications and in talks at conferences.
Critical Reasoning and Logic
Discussing and Communicating Research
Argumentation in Scientific Writing
Thesis Defense Training
Nevertheless, the bases for convincing and strong 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, enabling them to better plan experiments to support their hypotheses and to better present their results. The starting point of our seminars are basic concepts of logic: validity and soundness of arguments, deductive vs. inductive arguments, common types of inferences and fallacies. From these basics we derive practical tips for written and oral argumentation in scientific contexts.
Courses for managers
Managers have to deal with arguments every day: In discussions, e-mails, and in public relations. Everyone who wants to be able to express himself in a more precise and direct way can learn a lot from logic.
Convincing through Logic
Precise Argumentation in Texts
The starting point of our seminars are questions such as the following: What is a logically valid inference? What kinds of inferences are there? From these basic we derive tools that help managers to navigate through any discussion in their work, be it oral or written. Every participant gets the chance to apply the acquired methods directly to problems from his or her everyday work and to discuss possible solutions with the group and the trainer.
Courses for undergraduate students
For students, knowledge of the logical foundations of argumentation is a key qualification.
Logical Argumentation and Critical Thinking
The starting point of our seminars are basic concepts of logic: validity and soundness of arguments, deductive vs. inductive arguments, common types of inferences and fallacies. From these basics we derive practical tips that help students to state their arguments in a maximally precise way both in texts and orally.
Every participant gets the chance to apply the acquired methods directly to their own writing and to get feedback from the group and the trainer. The seminars are especially helpful for students who are about to write a Master’s or a B.A. Thesis.