Philosophy | Elementary Logic
P150 | 3198 | McCarty
This course provides students with a first introduction to basic techniques in modern logic. The bulk of our attention will be directed toward propositional logic - the logic of statements and their interrelations. The principal techniques students enco
unter here include analysis of statements via symbolization, evaluation of arguments with truth tables and the representation of inferences using natural deduction derivations. Our treatment of propositional logic will be followed by a briefer excursion
into predicate logic - the logic of quantifiers. There, simple symbolizations and natural deduction derivations also play a leading role.
Required texts: Howard Pospesel's two paperback volumes, Propositional Logic and Predicate Logic, supplemented with a reading packet.
Along with occasional quizzes and homework, students will be expected to complete three in-class, written examinations and the course final.