PHIL 203
Logic and Language Fall 2021
Division II Quantative/Formal Reasoning

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Logic is the study of reasoning and argument. More particularly, it concerns itself with the difference between good and bad reasoning, between strong and weak arguments. We all examine the virtues and vices of good arguments in both informal and formal systems. The goals of this course are to improve the critical thinking of the students, to introduce them to sentential and predicate logic, to familiarize them with enough formal logic to enable them to read some of the great works of philosophy, which use formal logic (such as Wittgenstein’s Tractatus), and to examine some of the connections between logic and philosophy.
The Class: Format: lecture; discussion
Limit: 40/sect
Expected: 40/sect
Class#: 1600
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: a midterm, a final, frequent homework and problem sets
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Philosophy majors, seniors, juniors, sophomores, first-years in that order.
Distributions: Division II Quantative/Formal Reasoning
QFR Notes: The main part of the course is learning two formal languages of logic: sentential logic predicate logic
Attributes: Linguistics
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