PHIL 303 - Introduction to Symbolic Logic
Section: 101
Term: SP 2010
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
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No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in PHIL 203, 296 or 414.
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F, W, Sp.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Historically, at least two concerns have driven the development of formal systems of logic to make explicit principles of good reasoning and to systematize inquiry in mathematics and the physical sciences. Central to these concerns is the idea that good reasoning is 'truth-preserving' reasoning. ('Truth-preserving' reasoning cannot fail to take one from true premises to true conclusions.) One goal we have in the study of logic is to get a grasp on which forms of argument are truth-preserving and which are not. In this course, we study two simple yet powerful systems of formal logic — 'sentential' logic, which takes sentences as the basic unit of logical analysis, and 'predicate' logic, which takes predicates and terms as the basic units. In the course of learning these systems, we will have the chance to apply formal techniques in analyzing ordinary, garden-variety arguments, and in solving various practical problems. After mastering these logics, we'll raise some important questions concerning their power and dependability. In order to answer our questions we will have to develop a 'meta-theory' for the systems we've studied. And along the way, we will learn to employ the extremely important tool of mathematical induction. No previous training in logic is required. Frequent homework assignments, two midterm examinations, and a final examination.

PHIL 303 - Introduction to Symbolic Logic
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101 (LEC)
MW 2:00PM - 5:00PM
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ISBN: 9780073535630
The logic book, Author: Merrie Bergmann, James Moor and Jack Nelson., Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education 5th ed. 2008
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