Introduction to Logic
Phil A101, section
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.
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 http://wsjamison.uaa.alaska.edu and my e-mail address is wsjamison@ALASKA.EDU.
SCHEDULE and REQUIRED READING:
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.
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
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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