PHIL 180 - Introductory Logic
Section: 030
Term: FA 2010
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
Credits:
3
Credit Exclusions:
Credit is granted for only one of PHIL 180 or 201.
Waitlist Capacity:
99
Other Course Info:
F, W, Su.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course is an elementary introduction to the history, concepts, and methods of symbolic or formal logic and to some related philosophical issues.

The first third of the course covers categorical logic: the traditional theory (begun by Aristotle) of the inferential relations among sentences of the forms ‘All S are P,’ ‘Some S are P,’ ‘No S is P,’ and ‘Some S are not P.’ We then introduce the fundamental theories of modern logic: propositional logic codifies the inference relations among sentences of the forms ‘p and q,’ ‘p or q,’ ‘it is not the case that p,’ ‘if p then q,’ and ‘p if and only if q,’ and predicate logic provides a general theory unifying the propositional and the categorical theories. In the final third, we examine several ancient paradoxes that raise very modern issues—presupposition, intensions, vagueness, and the possibility that true and false are not the only truth-values that sentences can take—in logic, the philosophy of logic, and the philosophy of language.

Marks on weekly homework assignments, two midterms, and a final exam determine grades.

PHIL 180 - Introductory Logic
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