AP/PHIL2100 3.0 A: Introduction to Logic

Offered by: PHIL


Fall 2019






Calendar Description / Prerequisite / Co-Requisite

Logic, in the philosophical tradition, is the study of what makes arguments valid. That is, it aims to distinguish correct reasoning from faulty reasoning. This course presents the basic elements of modern symbolic logic for the beginning student. Course credit exclusions: GL/PHIL 2640 6.00, GL/PHIL 2690 3.00.

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    Additional Course Instructor/Contact Details

Professor J. Pelham


Office Location:  S440 Ross

Phone Number:  (416) 736-2100 Ext. 44721

Office Hours:  Wednesday & Thursday 10:00 – 11:00

    Expanded Course Description

Logic is the study of arguments, and this course is an introduction to the basics of what makes deductive arguments correct.  Students learn to analyze arguments involving “not,” “and,” “all” and other logical words, and to apply reasoning rules of a symbolic system to reasoning in natural language.

    Required Course Text / Readings

Course Pack using the second edition of The Logic Book, by Merrie Bergman, James Moore, Jack Nelson

    Weighting of Course

Tutorial participation and homework: 12%

Vanier Peer Mentor Program: 3%

First Test:  15%

Second Test: 20%

Final Exam: 50%

    Organization of the Course

This course has a lecture-tutorial format. Prof Pelham teaches and works on sample problems during the Monday lecture.  Students will be asked to do homework, and attend tutorial each Wednesday. In tutorial, the teaching assistant reviews homework questions and discusses logic problems individually or in groups.

    Course Learning Objectives

In this course students will learn:


  1. To distinguish different types of reasoning, in particular to distinguish deductive from inductive reasoning and learn some common errors in reasoning.
  2. To assess deductive arguments containing the logical words “and,” “not,” “if-then,” “all,” and “some” as valid (good) or invalid (bad).
  3.  To identify the basic elements of English sentences, subject and predicate, modifiers, and connectives. This goes along with understanding English sentences in their logical form.  This is a very useful part of reading comprehension.
  4. To understand the logical connectives in terms of their truth possibilities.  To understand the relationship between truth and possible truth.
  5. To gain the ability to construct simple and more complex proofs in a logical and English setting.
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