Principles of Logic and Argumentation (Open Course)

Material Type

Open Course

Publication Date

Spring 2015

Course Title

Introduction to Reasoning and Argumentation (Logic)

Course Number

PHIL 2020


Authors' Description:

What does it take to express an idea well? What does it mean to convince someone? Logic provides a method to systematically analyze expressions and arguments. This course provides an introduction to logic, using examples from a variety of perspectives: law, science, and everyday experience.

We will cover sentential logic (involving sentences using "not", "and", "or", and "if..., then..."), we will use truth-table and natural deduction techniques, and we will cover elementary quantifier logic (involving sentences using "all" and "some").

These techniques will help you to recognize arguments, evaluate arguments for validity, think critically, and use arguments well in your own writing. We will also apply these skills to real-world situations, including legal case studies.

This course was developed as part of an Affordable Learning Georgia Textbook Transformation Grant awarded to faculty at Valdosta State University. The purpose of these grants is to combat the high cost of textbooks. In the case of logic textbooks used in the State System of Georgia's introductory level logic courses, most textbooks cost in the neighborhood of $100-$200.

This grant enabled us to create a repository of Open Educational Resources and Creative Commons materials, design a course around those materials, and teach two pilot sections of those courses in the Spring of 2015. Thank you for participating in this project, and taking the first free Logic course available at VSU.

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A backup HTML file of this LibGuides-based course is available as an additional file.