# Fall 2021 - PHIL 110 D100

## Overview

• #### Course Times + Location:

Mo, We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SSCB 9200, Burnaby

• #### Exam Times + Location:

Dec 20, 2021
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby

## Description

#### CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

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.

#### COURSE DETAILS:

This course introduces the art of logical reasoning, that is, to the methods used in the construction and evaluation of logical 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 involve 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. We will introduce formal symbolic logic, focusing on argument structure, propositional logic and elementary quantificational logic. Applications to certain fields (such as philosophy, linguistics, computer science, mathematics, etc.) will be considered, if students manifest interest in those topics.

#### COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:

PHIL 110 may be applied towards the Quantitative Requirement. It is also a required course for the Philosophy Major.

General Educational Goals:

• Demonstrate an ability to assess the quality of a deductive argument using formal methods

Specific Educational Goals:

• Translate English sentences into logical notation
• Translate sentences expressed in logical notation into English
• Evaluate the validity of arguments (e.g. using truth tables)
• Construct proofs
• Recognize fallacies in deductive arguments
• Recognize ambiguity in English sentences
• Demonstrate an understanding of basic logical concepts, (such as/including) truth-functions, validity, soundness, deduction and quantification
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• Six online homework assignments 10%
• Tutorial participation (score determined by the TA, and depends on attendance in tutorials, as well as the studentsâ€™ degree of active participation in the discussion) 5%
• Final exam 85%

#### NOTES:

Lecture and tutorial delivery: in person. (The six online homework assignments can of course be completed remotely.)

## Materials

#### MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:

Students will not be required to purchase a textbook. Reading materials will be circulated by the instructor. Students wishing to do some preparatory reading should look at For all x, by PD Magnus, which is available here: https://www.fecundity.com/logic/download.html.

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

New elective grade policy : P/CR/NC, pilot project for Spring/Summer/Fall 2021. List of exclusions for the new policy. Specifically for Philosophy:

• Students can use a P or CR to satisfy any requirement for a major, joint major, honours, or minor in Philosophy (with the exception of Honours tutorials).
• Students can use a P or CR to satisfy any prerequisite requirement for any PHIL course.
• Students can use a P (but not a CR) to satisfy any requirement for the Ethics Certificate, or the Philosophy and Methodology of Science Certificate.
• Philosophy Majors and Honours students can use a P (but not a CR) to satisfy any WQB requirement.