Fall 2019 - PHIL 110 D100

Introduction to Logic and Reasoning (3)

Class Number: 4701

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
    RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 8, 2019
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    SSCC 9001, Burnaby



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.


Philosophy 110 is a course in formal logic. Our goal is to learn about logical validity: a particular way in which arguments can be good.  We will first try to understand what logical validity is and why it is important. We will then develop some artificial languages that---if we develop and use them properly---will help us determine which arguments are logically valid.   We will first develop a truth-functional logic, and then a first-order logic.


PHIL 110 may be applied towards the Certificate in Liberal Arts and the Quantitative Requirement. It is also a required course for the Philosophy Major.


  • Weekly assignments 25%
  • Two midterm exams (at 25% each) 50%
  • Final exam 25%


Class attendance and participation will be taken into account in adjudicating borderline cases.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

Thinking of a Philosophy Major or Minor? The Concentration in Law and Philosophy? The Certificate in Ethics? The Philosophy and Methodology of Science Certificate?
Contact the PHIL Advisor at philmgr@sfu.ca   More details on our website: SFU Philosophy

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html