Course: Formal Logic

 Formal Logic • Offering for 2017 • Grade 8 or above • Philosophy Sequence
 Primary Instructor
 Karl Oles
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 Section 1 Instructor: Karl OlesClasses meet from September 15, 2017 to June 1, 2018Friday 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM ETEnrollment Policy: Full Year OnlyTuition: \$400.00
 Website
 Please review more extensive materials at the teacher's Formal Logic website.
 Description
 This course introduces formal logic, which is the study of arguments in terms of their deductive validity. The course begins with a discussion of what arguments are and how an argument's deductive validity is based on its form. Next artificial languages of increasing complexity are introduced and it is shown that these languages can help to illuminate the concept of deductive validity in English.
 Meetings
 This course meets once a week for discussion and review of assigned homework.
 Homework
 We will work through An Introduction to Formal Logic by Peter Smith. Each chapter has exercises. Mr. Smith maintains a website which contains helpful information, including answers to most of the exercises. There will be three quizzes and a final exam.
 Prerequisites
 No course prerequisite, but students should be comfortable with abstract mathematics such as algebra.
 Recommended background
 Familiarity with the game "wff 'n proof" or other experience with formal logic would be helpful
 Instructor's Notes
 This course is intended as a first course in philosophy because it introduces concepts of argumentation, validity, and truth that are applied further in later courses.
 Textbooks and Materials
 An Introduction to Formal Logic Peter Smith
 This text is required.ISBN: 9780521008044 Publisher's website: An Introduction to Formal Logic Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore Other information: Make sure you get an edition dated April 2009 or later. There were significant corrections from the original edition.

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