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PHIL222 Introduction to Formal Logic

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
Paper code PHIL222
Subject Philosophy
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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One PHIL paper or 18 MATH points or 72 points
PHIL 212, PHIL 322
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 PHIL105 Critical Thinking.


Teaching staff

Course co-ordinator: Associate Professor Zach Weber

Teaching staff to be confirmed.

Paper Structure

Two 1-hour lectures per week and one tutorial.


Required: Nicholas J Smith, Logic: the Laws of Truth (Princeton UP).

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will have:

  1. The ability to formalise and assess arguments for validity
  2. A grasp of how to use formal models to understand data
  3. A demonstrated ability to explain and assess philosophical issues about logic in their own words and to think critically and independently about them
  4. 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.

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 11:00-11:50 9-14, 16-22
Tuesday 11:00-11:50 9-14, 16, 18-22
Thursday 10:00-10:50 9-14, 16-22