Introduction to Logic

Phil A101, section 192  

Spring 2017

William Jamison

THEME: Analyzes argumentation and informal fallacies; introduces deductive logic, and examines inductive evidence in scientific and practical reasoning.


Students will develop formal and informal reasoning skills, be familiar with deductive logic via statement logic, analyze arguments and be familiar with scientific and inductive reasoning, common fallacies, and methods for evaluating arguments.


Cover image of LOGIC



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 75% of the grade will be from tests based on the chapter exercises.

 25% of the grade will be based on quizzes.

OFFICE: Eagle River Center Room 211 MTWR 2:30 - 3:30 P. Here is my Current Schedule.

CLASS: Hours: Monday / Wednesday 1:00 P- 2:20 P Room 222 Eagle River Center

Phone: 786-7649 (office) or 694-1023 (home) - please no calls after 8P. The best way to get a message to me is via e-mail. My web page is and my e-mail address is wsjamison@ALASKA.EDU.


January 18: Introduction to the course, description of course requirements and overview of Logic and notice this is the web site for the text.

January 23: Chapter 1 What Logic Studies Practice Test

January 25: Chapter 1 Basic Logical Concepts continued Practice Test

January 30: Chapter 2 Language Matters

February 1: Chapter 3 Diagrams and Analysis

February 6: Chapter 3 Diagrams and Analysis continued

February 8: Chapter 4 Fallacies

February 13: Chapter 4 Fallacies continued

February 15: Chapter 5 Categorical Propositions

Test 1 on chapters 1 through 4 due via email by midnight

February 20: Chapter 5 Categorical Propositions continued

February 22: Chapter 5 Categorical Propositions continued

February 27: Chapter 6 Categorical Syllogisms

March 1: Chapter 6 Categorical Syllogisms continued

March 6:

Review and Practice Test Last 40 minutes of class is Test 2 on chapters 5 and 6.

Practice Test

Basic Argument Analysis


March 8: Chapter 7 Propositional Logic

March 13 - 18: Spring break - no classes

March 20: Chapter 7 Propositional Logic continued

March 22: Chapter 8 Natural Deduction

March 27: Chapter 8 Natural Deduction continued

March 29: Chapter 9 Predicate Logic

April 3: Test 3 on chapters 7 through 9

April 5: Chapter 10 Analogical Arguments

April 10: Chapter 11 Legal Arguments

April 12: Chapter 12 Moral Arguments

April 17: Chapter 13 Statistical Arguments

April 19: Chapter 14 Causality and Scientific Arguments

April 24: Chapter 15 Analyzing a Long Essay (chapter 15 is only in the old edition)

April 26: Last regular class meeting to finish the book

May 1: Final session - Final test due via email. Attendance is not required but class meets 1:00 PM - 3:45 PM. We will discuss a movie.



Tests: Two tests will be given in class and two will be via email. Test 1 will be essay questions via email on the covered chapters 1-4. Tests two and three have various examples posted on this web page for practice that is an example of what the test given in class will be like. The final - test 4 - will be via email in response to a test when posted the last week.

Daily Quizzes are to encourage attendance and for feedback purposes. They will be pass/fail.

This syllabus may be adjusted at any time to meet the class or instructor’s requirements upon one week’s notice to students. 


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