Notes on Introduction to Logic -- Phil A101

William Jamison - Instructor

Lecture 1:

I begin the course by explaining what Logic is and describing how the course will run. This includes what I will use for testing purposes, attendance requirements and grading.

The text should be no problem. Let me know if the bookstore runs out of them.

Quizzes are primarily for feed back on how everyone is following the material and also serve as a substitute for taking role. You cannot make up a quiz that you missed since that would also mean you missed the class. However, missed quizzes will not destroy your grade since final grades are based primarily on test grades.

Tests are in class as scheduled but can be made up if you miss a test for a good excuse. Oversleeping is a good excuse. Forgetting to study and wanting to take it later is not. So be careful what excuse you give me!

If you do horribly on a test then you can do a set of additional exercises to show that you have learned the work. Based on that additional work I will consider raising the miserable grade to something less miserable. If you convince me you understand the material well you can still earn an "A" for the course!

Some Logic related sites:

You might find what Chesterton had to say about Logic interesting.

The Jabberwock by Lewis Carrol – does this mean anything to us?

Episteme site on Logic.

The American philosopher Pierce gives a “Preliminary Sketch of Logic.”

Things to memorize in Logic.

Aristotle and Logic in the IEP.


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