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THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO\\
DEPARTMENT OF PHILOSOPHY\\
Undergraduate Course Outline Summer 2010
Philosophy 2020: Basic Logic\\
Previously Philosophy 131\\
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\noindent \textbf{Summer Term 2010} \hfill \textbf{Instructor:} Nicolas Fillion\\
\textbf{Classes} Mo. Tu. We. Th. Fr. 11:00-13:30 \hfill \textbf{Office:} StH-2150\\
\textbf{Room:} TC-341 \hfill \textbf{Tel:} 661-2111 x80588\\
\textbf{Office Hours:} Tu. 2:30-30:30; Th. 2:30-3:30 \hfill \textbf{Email:} \url{nfillion@uwo.ca}
\section{Course Objectives}
%\noindent{\underline{\bf COURSE OBJECTIVES}}
This course is intended to introduce students to the art and science of logical reasoning --- to the crucial but elementary methods needed to construct and assess logically valid arguments. The study of basic logic provides excellent preparation for intellectual work in many other disciplines. Students from all faculties will benefit from learning various methods of sound reasoning --- methods that prize precision, clarity, rigor, practice, and patience. Students in this course should expect to develop an enhanced ability to engage in disciplined argument and to write in an organized and focused way.
This course assumes no prior knowledge of logic, and is intended primarily for students not planning further study in philosophy. We will introduce formal symbolic logic, focusing on argument structure, propositional logic and elementary quantificational logic. %\marginpar{This sounds too scary and not very much like "basic logic". I'd leave it out and just do something additional if time permits. You don't have to say anything about it on the syllabus.}In addition, if time permits, either the basics of modal logic or elementary metatheoretical results on propositional logic will be introduced.
% \marginpar{I'd leave this out too. for the same reasons. However, you could say that students interested in these other fields will find the exercises done in this course to be helpful in their other fields of study.
%This makes what you say in the first paragraph a bit redundant, though.}
Applications to certain fields (such as philosophy, linguistics, computer science, mathematics, \emph{etc.}) will be considered, if students manifest interest in those topics.
\section{Method of Instruction}
The lectures will present the material in a clear and engaging way. Since this is an intensive course, part of the class time will be devoted to practice and to review of assignments and quizzes. Students are expected to attend classes. Moreover, students will need to access WebCT regularly for readings and assignments.
\section{Requirements \& Schedule}
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\item Participation: 5\%
\item 12 homeworks on WebCT: 25\% (2\% each+1\% for completing all of them)
\item 2 quizzes: 15\% (7.5\% each)
\item Midterm (in class): 25\%
\item Final Exam: 30\%
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The Final Exam will be either on August 16 or 17, at 9:00 or 2:00 (to be determined by the faculty). Exceptions will be granted according to the university regulations only.
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Below is the schedule: %(`R' denotes ``readings'' and `E' denotes ``evaluations'';
%($\mathscr{B}\S x.x$ denotes a section of \emph{The Logic Book}; \nw\S$x$ denotes a section of the online notes).¨ Readings must be done \emph{before} class. The full schedule will be determined later.
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\centering\sc Monday& \centering\sc Tuesday& \centering\sc Wednesday&\centering\sc Thursday& {\sc\quad\ Friday}\\
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\centering July 5&\centering July 6&\centering July 7&\centering July 8&\qquad July 9\\
%Classes begin&&&&\\
%T: Introduction & T: Language&&&\\
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%\lb\ \S1.1-1.5 & \lb\ \S1.6, \nw\ \S1 & \nw\ \S1 & R: \lb\ \S2.1-2.2 & \lb\ \S2.4, \S3.1-3.2\\
&& \bf Homework 1&&\bf Homework 2\\
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\centering July 12&\centering July 13&\centering July 14&\centering July 15&\qquad July 16\\
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\bf Homework 3 &&\bf Quiz \#1&&\bf Homework 4\\
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\centering July 19&\centering July 20&\centering July 21&\centering July 22&\qquad July 23\\
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\bf Homework 5 &&\bf Homework 6&&\bf Homework 7\\
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\centering July 26&\centering July 27&\centering July 28&\centering July 29&\quad~ July 30\\
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\bf Midterm &&\bf Homework 8&&\bf Homework 9\\
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\centering August 2&\centering August 3&\centering August 4&\centering August 5&\quad\, August 6\\
Civic Holiday & &&&\\
%& &&&\\
& &\bf Quiz \#2&& {\small \bf Homework 10}\\
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\centering August 9&\centering August 10&\centering August 11&\centering August 12&\quad\, August 13\\
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{\small \bf Homework 11} && {\small \bf Homework} 12&&\\
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\centering August 16&\centering August 17& &&\\
\multicolumn{2}{|c|}{\bf Final Exam at 9h or 2h}&&&\\
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%In the ``first term'' we will study chapters 1-6 of \emph{The Logic Book}, learning basic propositional
%logic and various deductive methods such as `truth-trees' and `natural deduction'. In the ``second term'' we will study quantificational logic, corresponding to chapters 7-11 of \emph{The Logic Book}. To succeed in this course, it is essential not only to do the readings, but to complete as many exercises as possible. While logic may appear highly abstract, its application is a skill acquired best through practice, practice, practice.
\section{Texts}
%Bergmann, Moor, \& Nelson, \emph{The Logic Book}, 5\textsuperscript{th} edition (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2008)\\
%Additional material will be posted on WebCT (in PDFs).
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\item Merrie Bergmann, James Moor, and Jack Nelson, \emph{The Logic Book}, 5\textsuperscript{th} edition (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2008).
\item Additional material will be posted on WebCT (in PDFs).
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\section{Audit \& Department Policy}
Students wishing to audit the course should consult with the instructor prior to or during the first week of classes.
The \textbf{Department of Philosophy Policies} which govern the conduct, standards, and expectations for student participation in Philosophy courses is available in the Undergraduate section of the Department of Philosophy website at \url{http://www.uwo.ca/philosophy/undergraduate/policies.html}. It is your responsibility to understand the policies set out by the Senate and the Department of Philosophy, and thus ignorance of these policies cannot be used as grounds of appeal.
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