Philosophy | Elementary Logic
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
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.