RCCORE 105 - Logic and Language
Section: 001
Term: FA 2008
Subject: RC Core Courses (RCCORE)
Department: LSA Residential College
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This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
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Argument is the focus of this course, both in symbols and in language. We deal with the forms of arguments, the application of them, what makes them valid or invalid, weak or strong. We do this in two concurrent ways:

  1. Microcosmically, we examine the structure of arguments, what makes them tick. In the deductive sphere we deal with the relations of truth and validity to develop the logic of propositions, and we briefly enter the logic of quantification. In the inductive sphere, we deal with argument by analogy, and causal analysis, and with elementary probability theory.
  2. Macrocosmically, we analyze real arguments in controversial contexts, as they are presented in classical and contemporary philosophical writing: ethical arguments (in Plato); political arguments (in J.S. Mill); and legal arguments as they appear in Supreme Court decisions. In all cases both substance and form are grist for our mill.


  • Plato, Euthyphro, Apology, Crito
  • R. Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy
  • D. Hume, Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding
  • D. Hume, Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion
  • J.S. Mill, On Liberty
  • Carl Cohen and Irving Copi, Introduction to Logic

RCCORE 105 - Logic and Language
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001 (LEC)
20RC Ugrd
TuTh 11:00AM - 12:00PM
W 3:00PM - 5:00PM
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