PHIL 120 B: Introduction To Logic

Summer Term: 
Meeting Time: 
MTWThF 1:10pm - 3:20pm
SAV 264
Joey Miller
Joseph Len Miller

Additional Details:

There are only two ways of assessing an argument: (1) we can assess the argument’s structure, or (2) we can assess the argument’s content. In this course, we will be learning how to assess arguments based on their structure. In other words, we are going to look at the first way of assessing arguments as well as learn how to structure arguments to avoid this type of criticism. To do this, we will be using a formal system of deductive logic to construct arguments, and learn rules to construct arguments so as to avoid criticisms of structure. The goals for the course are as follows: first, students will learn how to construct formally valid arguments; second, students will learn how to spot errors or flaws with an argument’s structure; and lastly, students will work towards developing the skills necessary to construct good arguments.

TEXT: Language, Proof and Logic, David Barker-Plummer, Jon Barwise and John Etchemendy.

Catalog Description: 
Elementary symbolic logic. The development, application, and theoretical properties of an artificial symbolic language designed to provide a clear representation of the logical structure of deductive arguments. Offered: AWSpS.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Natural World (NW)
Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning (QSR)
Last updated: 
January 10, 2018 - 9:27pm