INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC
- Module code: PH215A
- Credits: 5
- Semester: 1
- Department: PHILOSOPHY
- Coordinator: Dr Cyril McDonnell (PHILOSOPHY)
This module introduces students to the study of logic. In pursuit of this aim, the module examines both classical and modern logic, covering such topics as: the nature and scope of logic; truth and validity; the classification of terms and propositions; translating everyday language into standard logical form; patterns of immediate inference; the syllogism; hypothetical and disjunctive arguments; the basic methods and procedures of modern symbolic logic; the functions of truth-tables; tautologous, contradictory and contingent propositions. Some attention at the end of the module will be devoted to some informal logical fallacies (e.g., attacking the person, appeal to pity, begging the question, false cause, equivocation, hasty generalisation etc.).
On successful completion of the module, students should be able to:
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