Fall 2011

Phil 385 Advanced Logic

What makes a question loaded or an argument circular? How can one determine whether A causes B, B causes A, or C causes both? Exactly how is "everyone loves someone" different from "there's one person whom everyone loves"? What logic underlies scientific reasoning?

These are among the questions to be considered in this course, which is designed for students who have taken an introductory logic course and would like to explore topics not typically covered in such a course. The course is "advanced" in the limited sense that it doesn't treat typical introductory topics; it is pitched at a level accessible to the average undergraduate. Topics include the following: formal and informal fallacies, causation, quantification, the logic of scientific methodology.