PHIL1340 Introduction to Logic

Course Description

Meets MN Transfer Curriculum Goal Areas 2 and 4 - Critical Thinking and Mathematics. Logic is the study of correct reasoning. This course explores the principles of inductive and deductive reasoning, the structure of arguments, and methods for distinguishing between good reasoning and bad reasoning. The course includes traditional Aristotelian logic and modern symbolic logic, validity, invalidity, and proofs. Students will learn a variety of tools for proving validity in deductive arguments and for recognizing formal and informal fallacies in logical reasoning.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the components of an argument.
  • Demonstrate what constitutes a valid logical argument employing multiple analytical tools.
  • Apply higher-order problem solving strategies.
  • Translate arguments into standard categorical and syllogistic form.
  • Translate verbal statements into symbolic statements.
  • Differentiate between inductive and deductive arguments.
  • Recognize common logical fallacies in argumentation.
  • Determine immediate inferences.

Prerequisite

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3 credits: 3 lectures / presentations, 0 lab, 0 other