PHIL 180 - Introductory Logic
Winter 2015, Section 001
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Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
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Details

Credits:
3
Credit Exclusions:
Credit is granted for only one of PHIL 180 or 201.
Waitlist Notes:
philosophy.staff@umich.edu
Other Course Info:
F, W, Su.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Description

Learn how to think! This course is about reasoning:

  • how to recognize good and bad reasoning
  • why we often fail to reason well; and
  • how we can do better.
It is hard to overstate the importance of good reasoning to everyday life, not to mention the role of persuasive argument in law, politics, and academics. Reasoning well helps us become better people, better citizens, and better leaders. (And it just might help you do better on standardized tests for post-graduate education.)

This course covers various types of reasoning, including deductive reasoning, probabilistic reasoning, and decision-theoretic reasoning. We'll learn some abstract ways to represent these types of reasoning, but also some practical ways to identify our own bad reasoning and fix it. To this end, we'll draw not only from formal methods of logic, but also from work in contemporary psychology on biases and heuristics.

Every line of reasoning ("argument") has its own internal structure or logic. But note that what is often called 'logic' in textbooks or course descriptions involves just one particular way to formalize one particular kind of reasoning--namely, deductive inference represented in an artificial first-order predicate language. That kind of logic is only one tool among many that we will be learning how to use. In other words, this is as much a "critical thinking" course as it is a "formal logic" course.

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

Schedule

PHIL 180 - Introductory Logic
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
19976
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MW 3:00PM - 4:00PM
002 (DIS)
 In Person
18262
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2
 
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M 4:00PM - 5:00PM
003 (DIS)
 In Person
23005
Open
1
 
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W 9:00AM - 10:00AM
004 (DIS)
 In Person
27669
Open
3
 
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W 10:00AM - 11:00AM
005 (DIS)
 In Person
27670
Closed
0
 
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W 4:00PM - 5:00PM
006 (DIS)
 In Person
23056
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F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
007 (DIS)
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23057
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F 12:00PM - 1:00PM

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