PHIL 180 - Introductory Logic
Section: 001
Term: FA 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:

This course is designed to impart a skill necessary for critical thinking, namely that of evaluating arguments (lines of reasoning aimed at a conclusion). In this sense of the word, arguments are a crucial part of our everyday thought and talk, not to mention pervasive in legal, political, and academic discourse. 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. But arguments come in many varieties with varying degrees of power, and even bad arguments can be deceptively compelling. We will explore techniques for evaluating both the quality of formal arguments and also the quality of everyday reasoning.

Course Requirements:

Assignments will include weekly problem sets, 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)
 
19774
Open
20
 
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TuTh 3:00PM - 4:00PM
003 (DIS)
P
24529
Open
5
 
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Tu 12:00PM - 1:00PM
004 (DIS)
P
24657
Open
4
 
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Tu 1:00PM - 2:00PM
005 (DIS)
P
24527
Closed
0
 
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Tu 4:00PM - 5:00PM
007 (DIS)
P
23399
Open
4
 
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Th 10:00AM - 11:00AM
008 (DIS)
P
24659
Open
3
 
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Th 12:00PM - 1:00PM
010 (DIS)
P
24791
Open
4
 
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Th 4:00PM - 5:00PM
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Coursepack Location:
http://www.cengagebrain.com/micro/customPHIL180
Note:
required: a custom online text with interactive problem sets, for $75, available at http://www.cengagebrain.com/micro/customPHIL180. If you also want a hardcopy of the main text (Rainbolt & Dwyer), get the $100 epack instead, with free shipping.
ISBN: 9780029117064
How we know what isn't so : the fallibility of human reason in everyday life, Author: Gilovich, Thomas., Publisher: Free Press 1993
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780521772877
An introduction to probability and inductive logic, Author: Hacking, Ian., Publisher: Cambridge University Press 2001
Required
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