Philosophy | Elementary Logic
P150 | 3470 | McDonald
The primary objective of this course is to provide students an opportunity
to improve and sharpen their reasoning skills. For the most part, this
course will concern deductive logic and reasoning. We shall study the
structure of deductive arguments, both good and bad. We will learn to
identify those inferences which are logically valid, and find out how to
identify those which are not. We shall practice interpreting and
evaluating the argumentation of others, as well as practice constructing
arguments of our own. We will identify and examine numerous well known
logical fallacies, forms of invalid (but often clever) argumentation which
frequently decieve even well trained thinkers. We will next consider the
distinction between deductive logic and inductive/empirical reasoning, and
then focus on the latter. Finally, we will touch on issues regarding the
philosophy of logic.
There will be two midterm exams and a final.