Spring 2018 - PHIL 110 D900
Introduction to Logic and Reasoning (3)
Class Number: 2829
Delivery Method: In Person
The aim of this course is to familiarize students with fundamental techniques of correct reasoning. Special attention is given to the methods of logic in particular, and to their role in the discovery of truth not only within science and philosophy but within all forms of rational enquiry. Open to all students. Quantitative.
This is a first year course in formal logic, intended to introduce students to the art and science of logical reasoning, i.e., to the crucial but elementary methods needed to construct and assess logically valid arguments. The study of basic logic provides excellent preparation for intellectual work in many other disciplines. Students from all faculties will benefit from learning various methods of sound reasoning—methods that prize precision, clarity, rigor, practice, and patience. Students in this course should expect to develop an enhanced ability to engage in disciplined argument and to write in an organized and focused way.
This course assumes no prior knowledge of logic, and is intended for all students, whether they are planning further study in philosophy or not. Students will learn symbolization techniques for both propositional and predicate calculus, semantics and proof procedures for propositional logic.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
PHIL 110 may be applied towards the Certificate in Liberal Arts and the Quantitative Requirement.
- First midterm exam 30%
- Second midterm exam 30%
- Final exam 40%
The Logic Book, 6th edition, Bergmann, Moore and Nelson, (McGraw Hill, 2014). ISBN: 978-0-07-803841-9 (NB: The 4th or 5th edition will also do.)
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