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Philosophy 103: Introduction to Logic


Instructor: Lee C. Archie Office Hours:
Office: LC M33 MWF  11:05-11:30
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Course Description

Text

I. M. Copi and Carl Cohen, Introduction to Logic, New York: Prentice Hall, 2001 (11th edition). Information about the logic text is available from Prentice Hall.


Purpose of the Course

The general goal is to learn how to differentiate good from bad arguments. The approach is two-sided: (1) the analysis and classification of fallacies and (2) the analysis as well as the construction of valid arguments.


Objectives of the Course

The specific aims of this introductory survey of logic are
[1] to gain an appreciation for the complexity of language,
[2] to learn effective methods of resolution for a variety of disagreements,
[3] to obtain the ability to identify common fallacies in arguments,
[4] to understand the structure of different kinds of arguments,
[5] to recognize and evaluate different kinds of arguments,
[6] to grasp the features of traditional logic.
[7] to apply the principles of logic to ordinary language reasoning,
[8] to obtain some facility in symbolic manipulations,
[9] to develop the ability to think critically, and
[10] to realize that the proper use of logic is a reasonable way to solve problems.


Procedures

The methods used to obtain these ends are
[1] to solve selected problems which illustrate basic logical principles,
[2] to read carefully and critically the text and/or several papers on logic,
[3] to write analytically about some issues in logical theory,
[4] to test your understanding by means of special examinations, and
[5] to question critically several interpretations of introductory logic.

In this course you will learn the difference between an argument and an explanation, the difference between deduction and induction, and the differences among truth, validity, and soundness in argumentation. You will learn some of the very effective methods of analysis and criticism.

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