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PHI 103 - Introduction to Formal Logic

PHI 1103.
Description: Historical and formal study of logical concepts, with emphasis on problem solving through symbolic manipulation. Examination of meaning, definition, induction, deduction, fallacies, validity, truth, and the structure and classification of arguments. Includes a basic introduction to formal techniques for evaluating deductive arguments and scientific reasoning, including syllogistic, propositional, and predicate logic. 

General Education Competency: Diversity; Critical Thinking

Credits: 3
Lecture: 3
Lab: 0

Course Content:

  1. Nature and history of logic
  2. Categorical propositions
  3. Categorical syllogisms
  4. Propositional logic
  5. Argument identification and translation
  6. Truth tables
  7. Natural deduction

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Describe core elements of logic. (1)
  2. Identify problems with ordinary language. (5)  
  3. Analyze arguments. (2-7)
  4. Identify formal fallacies. (2-6)
  5. Translate ordinary language statements into formal statements. (5)
  6. Evaluate truth-values for complex formal statements. (1-6)
  7. Evaluate validity for deductive arguments.(6, 7)