This course is intended to introduce students to the art and science of logical reasoning --- to the crucial but elementary methods needed to construct and assess logically valid arguments. The study of basic logic provides excellent preparation for intellectual work in many other disciplines. Students from all faculties will benefit from learning various methods of sound reasoning --- methods that prize precision, clarity, rigor, practice, and patience. Students in this course should expect to develop an enhanced ability to engage in disciplined argument and to write in an organized and focused way.
Philosophy 110 has no prerequisites. Philosophy 110 may be applied towards the Certificate in Liberal Arts and the Q-requirement.
This course assumes no prior knowledge of logic, and is intended primarily for students not planning further study in philosophy. We will introduce formal symbolic logic, focusing on argument structure, propositional logic and elementary quantificational logic.