Fall 2023 - PHIL 110 D100
Introduction to Logic and Reasoning (3)
Class Number: 5697
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Sep 6 – Dec 5, 2023: Mon, Fri, 11:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Oct 10, 2023: Tue, 11:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Exam Times + Location:
Dec 14, 2023
Thu, 12:00–3:00 p.m.
Office: WMC 5607
An introduction to the theory of deductive reasoning. We consider deductive arguments in philosophy, in everyday life, and in mathematical proofs, and discuss what distinguishes valid inferences from fallacies. The course will cover propositional logic and first-order logic. Open to all students. Quantitative.
Logic is the study of reasoning. In particular, we are interested in understanding and distinguishing what makes certain patterns of reasoning "good". Unlike other areas of philosophy, logic is unique in that it is more like a tool of the discipline than a mere topic of inquiry. Philosophers are in the business of making arguments, and a convincing argument is one which employs good reasoning. So part of being a good philosopher is learning to be a good logician.
Learning to reason methodically will benefit students of all disciplines -- no background or further interest in philosophy is required. Competence with logic facilitates effective communication, and experience analyzing formal systems and thinking abstractly advantages especially those working in quantitative fields. The course material also has direct connections to mathematics, computer science, and linguistics, among others
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
PHIL 110 may be applied towards the Quantitative Requirement. It is also a required course for the Philosophy Major.
- Four homework assignments (5% each) 20%
- Tutorial attendance and participation 5%
- Two quizzes (20% each) 40%
- Final exam 35%
MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:
The course textbook will be distributed via Canvas as an eBook at no cost, which the students can access digitally or print themselves.
REQUIRED READING NOTES:
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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?
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