Introduction to Logic

Phil A101, section 301 

Summer 2015

William Jamison


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

TEXTS: Introduction to Logic (current edition as determined by the UAA bookstore)

Term: SUMMER 14 Name: PHIL A101 Section: 301 LSC 6/26 Instructor: JAMISON W Course ID: 51950 Location: UAA

Cover image for LOGIC


ISBN 9780199846313




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

 25% of the grade will be based on quizzes.

OFFICE: Admin 277 or Eagle River Center 238C or by appointment. Here is my Current Schedule.

CLASS: Hours: Fridays 11:15A- 2:15P 228 Eagle River Center

Phone: 786-4458 or 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 located at and my e-mail address is wsjamison@UAA.ALASKA.EDU.


June 25: Introduction to the course, description of course requirements and overview of Logic.

Notice this is the web site to accompany the book:

June 29: Chapter 1 What Logic Studies -- Basic Logical Concepts

June 30: Chapter 2 Language Matters -- Language and Definitions  

July 1: Chapter 3 Diagrams and Analysis -- Basic Argument Analysis

July 2 and 3: No classes for July 4th Holiday

July 6: Chapter 4 Fallacies Informal Fallacies

July 7: Chapter 5 Categorical Propositions

July 8: Chapter 6 Categorical Syllogisms

July 9: Chapter 7 Aristotelian Logic: Arguments Syllogisms in ordinary language summary session.

July 13: Review and practice test. Last 40 minutes of class is the first exam.

July 14: Chapter 8 Symbolic Logic

July 15: Chapter 9 Methods of Deduction

July 16: Chapter 9 Methods of Deduction continued

July 20: Chapter 10 Quantificational Theory Arguments

July 21: Chapter 10 Quantificational Logic Exercises

July 22: Review and practice test. Last 40 minutes of class is the second exam.

July 23: Chapter 11 Inductive Arguments - Analogical Reasoning

July 27: Chapter 12 Causal Reasoning

July 28: Chapter 13 Science and Hypothesis

July 29:  Chapter 14 Probability

July 30: Review and practice test. Final exam.


Tests: Two tests will be given in class. The Final can be done via email. They will consist of questions taken from the exercises done in the class. A review test based on the same exercises will be given first.

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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