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Logic

Listed in: Philosophy, as PHIL-213

Formerly listed as: PHIL-13

Faculty

Alexander George (Section 01)

Description

"All philosophers are wise and Socrates is a philosopher; therefore, Socrates is wise." Our topic is this mysterious "therefore." We shall expose the hidden structure of everyday statements on which the correctness of our reasoning turns. To aid us, we shall develop a logical language that makes this underlying structure more perspicuous. We shall also examine fundamental concepts of logic and use them to explore the logical properties of statements and the logical relations between them. This is a first course in formal logic, the study of correct reasoning; no previous philosophical, mathematical, or logical training needed.

One lecture each week and three discussion sections each limited to 15 students; section one of the discussion is restricted to first-years.

Fall semester. Professor A. George.

Keywords

Science & Math for Non-majors

Offerings

2017-18: Offered in Fall 2017
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016