PHIL 180 - Introductory Logic
Spring 2015, Section 101
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Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
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This course is an introduction to symbolic logic. We will introduce and learn how to use two formal languages, propositional and first-order predicate logic. By using these tools, we can better assess the soundness of deductive arguments, especially when the unsoundness is due to things like vagueness, equivocation, or other unclarities that arise through reasoning in natural (that is, informal) languages.

We will also investigate the logics themselves. We will begin to answer the questions: what is the relation of logical consequence, which holds between assumptions and a conclusion in a successful argument? What is it to deduce correctly? What is the relationship between good formal arguments and the sort of informal reasoning we are used to?

Other slated topics include: the syntax and semantics of logic, translation from natural language into logical language, completeness and soundness, and compactness.

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PHIL 180 - Introductory Logic
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101 (LEC)
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TuTh 4:00PM - 6:00PM

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