This section forms an archive of documentaries that were shown in the course of the Society's meetings, are deemed relevant to topics we were covering in meetings, or are generally of interest and worthy to be checked out. Enjoy!
This documentary was fourfold. The first part consisted of the screening of a video introducing us to what critical thinking is, what an argument is, and what the difference between a deductive and an ampliative argument is.
In this second portion, the screened video discusses the philosophical concept of validity. After reviewing the structure of an argument, the narrator defines validity: an argument is valid if and only if its premises guarantee the conclusion. He reviews a few examples of validity and invalidity, and he leaves you with one example to figure out on your own.
This last video describes the distinction between formal and informal fallacies, which was coronated by her presentation below.
With her final presentation, ensued a discussion of how to rebuke arguments accompanied with a couple of instances. Among the most relevant, she dissected "theodicies," which segued into a full-fledged debate around a specific question.
The world can become a lonely place if we don't connect with fellow humans: we coped for centuries with small communities. Learn more on 19th-century tech revolutions that brought about broadcasting, and with it, bred burgeoning industries that turned life into quite the internationally interconnected rollercoaster...
When totalitarian regimes arise, where are the limits of what is ethical or not to bend people's ideologies to serve your will? In Nazi Germany, the highest-raking officers of the far-right regime bent science & history to fit a narrative that ingrained in the minds of their constituents dangerous levels of nationalism. Check out the video to the left to take a trip down memory lane and assess the perils of mindless surrendering of critical thinking...
Learn about one of the historically most significant monuments of Western Civilization, a true architectural chef-d'œuvre that successively served a imperial residences then world-class museums, The Russian Hermitage. Join us in this fantastic adventure by clicking on the link below!
Copyright © 2020 The Philologos Society - All Rights Reserved.
The University of Southern California