Have you ever struggled to articulate yourself during an argument? It can be hard to get your point across during heated moments, which often leads to even more frustration and unresolved issues. But arguments aren't always bad—they can actually be healthy if they’re dealt with in the right way. If you want to learn how, check out Critical Reasoning For Beginners: a series of free, online lectures led by Oxford University’s philosophy professor Marianne Talbot.
Talbot introduces the course by asking potential students the following questions, “Are you confident you can reason clearly? Are you able to convince others of your point of view? Are you able to give plausible reasons for believing what you believe? Do you sometimes read arguments in the newspapers, hear them on the television, or in the pub and wish you knew how to confidently evaluate them?”
If this sounds like you, Talbot’s 6-part lecture series explains arguments and how to deal with them in a clear and concise way. The individual 1-hour-long lessons will teach you how to identify an argument, how to evaluate it, and how to understand the difference between a good argument and a bad one. Even though the series was originally recorded in 2006, it hasn’t lost merit, and students can continue to gain invaluable skills that they can carry with them for a lifetime.