- Ticket Number: 17983
- Time and Place: Monday & Wednesday, 2:00-3:15, Jerome Richfield Hall 221
- Instructor: Ronald McIntyre
- Office: Sierra Tower 532
- Office Hours: Monday & Wednesday, 12:45-1:45; other times by appointment
- Telephone: (818) 677-2751 or 677-2757
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This course is an intermediate level introduction to deductive logic and the formal languages of Sentential Logic and Predicate Logic. We will learn how to translate sentences and arguments expressed in English into these formal languages. We will develop methods for determining certain logical properties of statements, logical relations among statements, and the validity or invalidity of arguments. Strategies for constructing proofs in both Sentential Logic and Predicate Logic will be developed.
Philosophy 230 satisfies the “Critical Thinking” component of the “Basic Skills” section of the General Education Program, which recognizes critical reasoning as a fundamental competence. Courses in this part of General Education take reasoning itself as their focus. Their goals are to provide students with criteria and methods for distinguishing good reasoning from bad and to help students develop basic reasoning skills that they can apply both within a broad range of academic disciplines and outside the academic environment. Students are expected to acquire skill in recognizing the logical structure of statements and arguments, the ability to distinguish rational from non-rational means of persuasion, skill in applying the principles of sound reasoning in the construction and evaluation of arguments, and an appreciation of the value of critical reasoning skills in the pursuit of knowledge
- Completion of GE Analytical Reasoning/Expository Writing
- Completion of either GE Mathematics or MATH 210
• Howard Kahane and Paul Tidman, Logic and Philosophy, 9th ed. (special printing)
NOTE: An abbreviated special printing of the textbook, at about half the cost of the full text, is available at Matador Bookstore. Used copies of the 9th edition (full text) are available on line, but make sure the ISBN is 0-534-56172-1.
NOTE: The 10th and 11th editions of Logic and Philosophy are not recommended for this course.
Official Course Website: Web CT
The official website for students enrolled in the course is on WebCT (https://webteach.csun.edu): students should consult it regularly for updates, announcements, and changes to the syllabus or the schedule. Study aids -- including answers to selected homework exercises, classroom handouts, notes, and study guides -- will also be posted on WebCT.