PHIL 180 - Introductory Logic
Section: 001
Term: WN 2013
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
Credits:
3
Credit Exclusions:
Credit is granted for only one of PHIL 180 or 201.
Other Course Info:
F, W, Su.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Our overarching aim will be to learn to distinguish good arguments from bad arguments, and thereby improve both our critical thinking skills and our capacity to construct successful arguments. In a good argument, the premises offer good reasons to believe the conclusion — in the best case, if the premises are true then the conclusion has to be true. We will develop techniques for evaluating the quality of arguments. We will examine the content of reasoning in everyday contexts. We will also consider some common kinds of defective arguments including informal fallacies: superficially compelling but bad forms of reasoning.

Course Requirements:

Assignments will include weekly problem sets, and computer-aided study and standardized exams.

Intended Audience:

The course is open to students from all areas of the University interested in improving their reasoning ability and their ability to construct and recognize compelling arguments. These skills may be helpful in a wide variety of university subjects and extra-academic pursuits.

Class Format:

2 hr lecture and 1 hr discussion per week

PHIL 180 - Introductory Logic
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
20852
Open
10
 
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MW 3:00PM - 4:00PM
002 (DIS)
P
18847
Open
1
 
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W 9:00AM - 10:00AM
003 (DIS)
P
21295
Open
1
 
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W 11:00AM - 12:00PM
004 (DIS)
P
23581
Open
2
 
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W 12:00PM - 1:00PM
005 (DIS)
P
24540
Closed
0
 
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W 4:00PM - 5:00PM
009 (DIS)
P
24628
Open
2
 
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F 10:00AM - 11:00AM
010 (DIS)
P
24629
Open
2
 
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F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
011 (DIS)
P
28942
Open
3
 
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F 12:00PM - 1:00PM
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Note:
There will be an online textbook. Details to be announced in lecture on the first day.
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