Faculty of Arts
Introduction to Logic
Arguments are part of everyday life, and the ability to evaluate arguments is a very important skill to have. This course aims to provide an understanding of what distinguishes the point of an argument (conclusion) from the reasons (premises) used to support the point. The course aims to develop skills and techniques to evaluate the validity of the support premises provide for conclusions. Everyday arguments are translated into formal logical notation for evaluation. The course examines two main logical systems: propositional logic and predicate logic (with identity), and shows how these formal systems are used to analyse and evaluate everyday arguments. This course is a prerequisite for all Philosophy courses in logic at Stage 2. It is also available for the Logic and Computation major/minor.
Summer School, repeated Semester 1 and 2
Coordinator(s) Associate Professor Rod Girle
Roderic A Girle Introduction to Logic (2nd Ed. Prentice-Hall, Auckland, 2008)
PHIL 101: 15.0 points