PHIL 155 Logic
Siena College, Fall 2014
Logic is fundamental to critical thinking and reasoning. Thus this course intends to help students learn how to become stronger thinkers by being able to identify and develop good arguments and reasoning. We will be examining both formal and informal logic to develop these skills. Topics will include deductive and inductive arguments, syllogistic logic, propositional logic, and informal fallacies in arguments.
John Nolt, Dennis Rohatyn, and Achille Varzi. Schaum’s Outline of Theory and Problems of Logic, 2nd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., 2011 ISBN 978-0071755467
Course Objectives and Goals
Students will be able to learn and demonstrate
• how to identify and evaluate various kinds of arguments
• how to translate everyday language into formal notation
• how to evaluate formal arguments using truth tables and trees
• the basics of categorical logic
• the basics of predicate logic
• how to identify and avoid informal fallacies in arguments and reasoning
• the differences between deductive and inductive logic
• systematic and critical thinking skills
Complete syllabus may be downloaded here.