P150 | 0474 | Berdon

Learning to structure your arguments better will help you improve your argument skills. This si especially handy when writing papers for school or trying to out-argue a friend (or parent). A valid deductive argument carefully constructed trumps your opponent's! This is a course in modern formal propositional logic. We'll identify deductive arguments and their component statements (premises and conclusions); and discuss validity, truth, and soundness. Next we'll translate and symbolize arguments, see how the truth of the statements can be preserved even when we connect them to each other, see how to test whether an argument is valid, and see how the statements of a valid deductive argument lead step by step (in a proof) to the conclusion. The book is Hurley's "A Concise Introduction to Logic," 8th ed, published by Wadsworth. It comes with a CD for practicing on your own. This course moves quickly - we only have 6 weeks. Every week has homework and quizzes. There will be a midterm and a final. It's very important to keep up with the assignments if you want to do well. I encourage students to bring in logic examples from the LSAT, GRE, MCAT or other exams to demonstrte some of the value of the tools learned in this course.