Logic Syllabus

PHIL 10 – FALL 2019 – 47321- Fri 1:30 – 4:20 pm – BCC Room 14

Instructor: Eric Gerlach – ericgerlach@gmail.com

Course Description: Consideration of logical problems of language: Deduction and induction, fallacies, theory of argument and the scientific method, and study of correct reasoning in Aristotelian and modern logic.

Office Hours: Friday 11:30 – 1:15 pm @ K’s Coffee, next to BCC

Texts: The readings are posted at the top of each set of lecture notes.

Assignments: Problem sets will be posted at the end of each set of lecture notes, to be completed before the next lecture is given, typed and emailed to ericgerlach@gmail.com.

Aug 23 we begin with an introduction to the history of logic, Aug 30 we cover speaking & thinking, and then cover logic of the ancient world for several weeks, on Sep 6 Indian Logic & Gautama, Sep 13 Greek Logic & Aristotle, and Sep 20 Chinese logic & Mozi.

We move to the medieval world between ancient and modern times on Sep 27 with Islamic & medieval European logic, and then cover the development of modern formal logic and deduction for the rest of the class.

On Oct 4 we cover early modern European logic, Oct 11 positivism & pragmatism, Oct 18th Edgar Allan Poe & detection, Oct 25 algebraic formal logic, Nov 1 Lewis Carroll & Wonderland, Nov 8 logical positivism, Nov 15 truth tables & formal proof, and Nov 22 the later work of Wittgenstein.

We have no class on Nov 29 for Thanksgiving, then Dec 6 our final lecture on fallacies.  Dec 13 we have no class, with all work for the class, each assignment posted at the end of the sets of lecture notes, by Sunday night, Dec 15th.

General Student Requirements:  Students are expected to come to class prepared to ask questions and participate in discussions. All readings and assignments should be completed by the beginning of class on the day they are listed here. This class is run as a lecture/discussion course.  Students are responsible for all class material (even if they miss class). If you miss class, it is strongly advised that you ask a classmate for notes. It is your responsibility to ask if you missed something; it is not the instructor’s responsibility to remind you. Please read through the syllabus and plan ahead.

Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Plagiarists, intentional or inadvertent, will receive a zero on the assignment in question; repeat offenders will get an F for the course and will be subject to college disciplinary action. Students are encouraged to review plagiarism policies in the current Vista College catalog.  Attendance is mandatory. If you miss more than five classes, you will receive an F in the course. (Note: I do not distinguish between “excused” and “unexcused” absences; if you miss more than five classes, for any reason, you cannot pass the class.)

Disabled Student Program and Services (DSPS) are provided for any enrolled student who has a verified disability that creates an educational limitation that prevents the student from fully benefiting from classes without additional support services or instruction. Please let the instructor know if you require any support services or would like more information about DSPS.

This syllabus is subject to change at the discretion of the instructor. Any changes will be announced in class. Additional handouts of required readings may also be added.

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