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PHIL 110: Introduction to Deductive Logic

Course Description

PHIL 110 is an introductory course in logic focusing on methods and principles of deductive reasoning. Integral to this study will be the presentation of methods for representing logical form and the development of a system of inference rules and strategies that allow for the determination of validity and invalidity of deductive arguments.

Upon successful completion of PHIL 110, the student should be able to:

  • Translate English language arguments into symbolic notation and logical languages, supplying language keys as necessary.
  • Employ a basic system of Inference Rules to present well constructed proofs of validity for symbolized arguments.
  • Correctly introduce and follow protocols governing the use of assumptions in deductive reasoning.
  • Construct truth tables for arguments, statements and sets of statements.
  • Use truth tables to determine (in)validity and (in)consistency.
  • Use Venn Diagrams to represent categorical and individual statements, and basic syllogistic arguments.
  • Explain the different criteria for assessing the quality of arguments and the particular importance of argument structure among these criteria.
  • Apply different evaluative criteria to specific cases of argument.

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