Logic (in progress)

 

INSTRUCTOR: Dr Bradley Rettler

CONTACT: rettlerb@gmail.com

OFFICE HOURS: Tuesday 12:30-1:30, Thursday 3:30-4:30, and by appointment

OFFICE: Morrison Hall 220

MAILBOX: Morrison Hall 212

 

Course Website: http://logic.bradleyrettler.com

 

Resources

 

Schedule and Readings

 

Read An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments by Feb 2

All homework can be found here

 

TAKE-HOME EXAM (Due May 3, Noon). Work alone!


INTRODUCTION TO REASONING

Jan 12: Syllabus, What is an argument?
Jan 14: No Class

 

Jan 19: Arguments, Premises, Conclusions (1-12)

             Recognizing Arguments (13-29)

             Deduction and Induction (30-40)

             Expository Paragraph Examples
Jan 21: Validity, Truth, Soundness, Strength, Cogency (41-53)

             Argument Forms: Proving Invalidity (54-62)

             Justin McBrayer - Why Our Children Think There are no Moral Facts

             Arguments to Evaluate

 

INFORMAL FALLACIES

Jan 26: Fallacies in General (63-65)

              Relevance (66-83)
Jan 28: No Class


Feb 2: Weak Induction (84-99)

             Presumption, Ambiguity, Illicit Transference (100-121)

Feb 4: Fallacies in Ordinary Language (122-138)

             Review for Exam
 

Feb 9: EXAM #1 (includes Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments)


CATEGORICAL LOGIC

Feb 11: Components of Categorical Propositions (139-141)

             Quality, Quantity, and Distribution (142-146)


Feb 16: Venn Diagrams (146-156)

              Conversion, Obversion, and Contraposition (156-166)

Feb 18: The Traditional Square of Opposition (166-175)

              Translating Ordinary Language Statements into Categorical Form (176-188)


Feb 23: Standard Form, Mood, and Figure (189-196)
Feb 25: Venn Diagrams (197-208)

 

March 1: Rules and Fallacies (209-215)

                 Ordinary Language Arguments (220-222)
March 3: EXAM #2


March 8: No Class
March 10: No Class


PROPOSITIONAL LOGIC

March 15: Symbols and Translation (237-249)

March 17: Introduction to Truth Tables

                    Truth Functions (250-257)

 

March 22: Truth Tables for Propositions (258-266)

                     Truth Tables for Arguments (267-273)
March 24: Argument Forms and Fallacies (283-301)


March 29: Rules of Implication I (302-313)
March 31: Rules of Implication I (302-313)


April 5: Rules of Implication II (314-322) 
April 7: Rules of Replacement I (323-335)


April 12: No Class -- Diadeloso
April 14: Rules of Replacement II (336-348)


April 19: Propositional Logic Review
April 21: EXAM #3

 

APPLICATIONS OF LOGIC

April 26: Logic on the LSAT
April 28: Extensions of Logic: predicate, modal, counterfactual, tense


 

 

 

 

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