Philosophy | Elementary Logic
P150 | 8958 | Corry


In all walks of life, and in academic study in particular, you will find people trying
to convince you of things, but often the arguments produced are less than
satisfactory.  So what is it that makes a good argument?  And how can we tell if
an argument is a good one?  Logicians attempt to answer just these kinds of
questions.  In this course we will learn a formal language that we will use to
examine the principles of good reasoning.  We will learn to uncover the logical
structure of sentences in English by translating them into this formal language.
We will then cover some techniques (truth tables and proofs) for separating the
good arguments from the bad.  Although most of our time will be spent learning
to use the formal language, the ultimate aim of the course is to provide you with
important reasoning skills and a better understanding of reasoning itself.  These
skills will not only help you to evaluate other people's arguments, they will also
help you to organize your own thinking and to write with greater efficiency and
clarity.

The required text is Introduction to Logic: Propositional Logic by Howard
Pospesel, 3rd ed.