Logical structure of arguments. Tests for validity.
Learn how to test the logical structure of arguments for validity and prove truths with deductive certainty. The main topics covered are: how to translate arguments into propositional and predicate logic and test for validity by looking for counterexamples. Philosophical issues about the limitations of logic are emphasised.
|Paper title||Introduction to Formal Logic|
|Teaching period||Second Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$886.35|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,766.35|
- One PHIL paper or 18 MATH points or 72 points
- PHIL 322, PHIL 212
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music
- The prerequisite will be waived for students with a background in NCEA Level 3 Mathematics (or equivalent).
This paper is recommended for students who have taken PHIL 105, but it is not required.
- Teaching staff
- Dr Zach Weber
- Paper Structure
Two 1-hour lectures per week and one tutorial.
Required: Smith, Nicholas JJ. (2012). The Laws of Truth. Princeton UP: Princeton.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation.
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- Learning Outcomes
- The ability to formalise and assess arguments for validity
- A grasp of how to use formal models to understand data
- A demonstrated ability to explain and assess philosophical issues about logic in their own words and to think critically and independently about them
- The ability to solve logical problems
- Students who enjoy PHIL 222 will be well-prepared for PHIL 312 Advanced Logic, which uses the same methods to study non-classical logics