TuTh, 10-11:15 a.m., Calloway Center N116
Instructor: Catherine Homan
Office Hours: Bowden 313, M noon-1, Tu 11:30-12:30, and by appointment
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., 1998. ISBN 0070466491
Students will 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.