Introduction to Logic

Phil A101, section 491  

Summer 2018

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 TBA. Here is my Current Schedule.

CLASS: Hours: Monday 5:30 P - 9:55 P Room 218 Eagle River Center

Phone: 786-4458 (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.


May 21: Introduction to the course, description of course requirements and overview of Logic and notice this is the web site for the 2nd edition of the text.

Chapter 1 What Logic Studies

The links to practice tests in this syllabus are not for the class tests but exercises on line that help you understand different aspects of what we are covering in Logic.

Practice Test

Basic Logical Concepts

May 28: No class - holiday

June 4: Chapter 2 Language Matters

Chapter 3 Diagrams and Analysis

June 11: Chapter 4 Fallacies

Chapter 5 Categorical Propositions

June 18: Test 1 on chapters 1 through 4 due via email by midnight

Chapter 5 Categorical Propositions continued

Chapter 6 Categorical Syllogisms

June 25: Chapter 6 Categorical Syllogisms continued

Practice Test

Basic Argument Analysis


July 2: No class - holiday

July 9: Review and Practice Test

then 60 minutes of class is Test 2 on chapters 5 and 6.

Chapter 7 Propositional Logic

July 16: Chapter 7 Propositional Logic continued

Chapter 8 Natural Deduction

July 23: Chapter 8 Natural Deduction continued

Chapter 9 Predicate Logic

Last 60 minutes of class is Test 3 on chapters 7 through 9

July 30: Last class meeting to finish the book

Chapter 10 Analogical Arguments

Chapter 11 Legal Arguments

Chapter 12 Moral Arguments

Chapter 13 Statistical Arguments

Chapter 14 Causality and Scientific Arguments

Final test due via email by August 4.



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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