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This course is intended to introduce students to logic. It is difficult to overemphasize the importance of logic. Everyone thinks. Everyone reasons. We are also all subjected to the thinking and reasoning of others from many sources: books, radio, speeches, TV, newspapers, employers, friends, and family. The study of logic is one of the best ways to refine one’s natural ability to reason and argue. Through the study of logic, one learns strategies for thinking well, common errors in reasoning to avoid, and effective techniques for evaluating arguments. In this course, we will introduce formal symbolic logic, focusing on argument structure, syllogisms, propositional logic, and elementary quantificational logic. From time to time, we will also use an educational computer program designed to teach students logic.

Course Number: PHIL-X10
Credit: 4.00 unit(s)