This course provides an introduction to logic, the science of reasoning. Students will learn to recognize, analyze, evaluate, and compose arguments, which are primary objects of study for both the logician and, more generally, the critical thinker. We will investigate a variety of the many forms arguments take, addressing both formal and informal methods of argumentation and distinguishing between good arguments and bad arguments. In our study of formal logic, we will focus upon the methods of syllogism, the Aristotelian square of opposition, propositional logic, and basic predicate logic. Our study of informal logic will address the strengths and weaknesses of arguments as they occur in ordinary, nontechnical writing and speech, with particular emphasis on the informal fallacies. The main objectives of the course are as follows:
REQUIRED TEXT: A Concise Introduction to Logic, ed. Patrick Hurley, 10th Edition (Wadsworth, 2008)
Total points possible: 600.
If you need to miss an exam, you should notify me before the exam is given. If you miss an exam due to an unforeseen situation, such as an accident, you should notify me as soon as possible. No allowances will be made for missed exams unless an adequate reason is given in a timely fashion.
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Please come to class and please show up on time. By enrolling in this course you have made 44 Doctors appointments with Dr. Farris. If you need to miss any of these, you should notify me in writing in a timely fashion. Your “Attendance & class participation” grade depends primarily on this. Any student with more than 4 unreported or frivolous absences who is not maintaining a passing average is subject to being dropped from the course.
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