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Course Description

Logic is the study of good reasoning. This course will explore two important modes of reasoning: deduction and induction. We will use formal methods from sentential logic, including truth tables and proofs, to test for correct or 'valid' inferences. Common mistakes in reasoning (i.e., fallacies) will be examined, as well as language and scientific reasoning. Practical application in logic outside the classroom will be emphasized. ADVISORY: Eligible for English 1A.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learners will be able to identify the parts of argument, and distinguish between deductive, inductive, arguments and apply the concepts
  • Learners will be able to identify major formal and informal fallacies
  • Learners will be able to evaluate the logic and strength of evidence, using deductive and inductive methods and explain the process
  • Learners will be able to provide cogent reasons in support of opinions, while taking objections seriously by developing a philosophical frame of reference
  • Learners will demonstrate an understanding of the distinctions between Eastern and Western ideas and applications of logic and argumentation
  • Learners will describe the basic foundational concepts of philosophy
  • Learners will demonstrate an insight into the use of logical reasoning as a political construct with respect to its application toward women and marginalized groups

Last modified: November 25, 2014
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