Core 281: Introduction to Logic
The principal aim of logic is to develop a system of methods and principles that may be used as criteria for evaluating the arguments of others and as guides in constructing arguments of our own. Prerequisite: Core 280.
As a result of taking this course, you should be able:
1. to distinguish an argument from a set of claims which are not inferentially related;
2. to draw appropriate inferences from data;
3. to recognize hidden assumptions and implied premises and conclusions;
4. to evaluate the acceptability of premises, their relevance to a conclusion, and their support of that conclusion;
5. to distinguish between validity and soundness, as they are related to deductive argument, and to evaluate inductive arguments;
6. to grasp the fundamentals of categorical and prepositional logic, including Venn diagrams and truth tables;
7. to grasp the fundamentals of natural deduction in propositional logic.
1. At least two tests (preferably three or four) to assess mastery of course content.
2. Periodic quizzes or homework assignments (at the instructor’s discretion) to encourage students to keep up with course readings and to measure their progress in the course;
3. Teaching and/or course evaluations administered at the conclusion of the course.
Each instructor may choose a text or texts best suited to his or her pedagogical goals and individual teaching style.