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Introduction Logic (Phil 013Introduction Logic (Phil 013Introduction Logic (Phil 013Introduction Logic (Phil 013) )) )Course SyllabusCourse SyllabusCourse SyllabusCourse SyllabusCourse Information:Course Information:Course Information:Course Information:
Instructor information 
: Michael AshoohEmail: mashooh@uvm.eduOffice phone: 656-4142Office: Philosophy 103
Class Meeting Time 
: May 21
st
– June29
th
: T, W, Th: 9:00 – 11:30
Location 
: 70 South Williams,Department of Philosophy
Office Hours: 
T,W, TH 11:30 – 12:30Course Description:Course Description:Course Description:Course Description:This course is an introduction to logic. The ultimate goal of this course is to learn to reasonmore clearly and effectively in any situation, regarding any topic. Logic is a method foranalyzing arguments to determine which are good and which are bad and why. Tounderstand how to apply logic to arguments, we will need to study some fundamentallogical concepts, as well as some techniques for applying these concepts to arguments. Wewill learn the difference between a valid and an invalid argument and why this distinction isimportant in appraising arguments. We will develop an understanding of deductivearguments and deduction. We will learn to apply some formal/symbolic techniques toappraising arguments. We will also learn about inductive logic and inductive arguments andtheir significance for science and other ways of understanding the world. The successfulstudent of this course will have learned how to use logic to reason more clearly and how toapply logical techniques to practical situations.Required Text:Required Text:Required Text:Required Text:
1) Logic and Philosophy: A Modern Introduction. Alan Hausman, Howard Kahane,Paul Tidman. Wadsworth Publishing; 11th edition (March 12, 2009). ISBN-10:9780495601586 ISBN-13: 978-0495601586
 Grading:Grading:Grading:Grading:Participation & classwork – 200 pts: You must attend and participate in class. In order to beable to participate fully in class you must stay current with the readings assigned andthe homework. We will be spending some time in class working on logic problems.Some of this will be collected and applied toward this grade.Study Exercises – 250 pts: There will be homework assigned for each week. Homework willbediscussed during class and we will work through some of the exercises together.Specific assignments will be made for each class, but see the course schedule forwhich assignments will be due for each week.Quizzes – 250 pts: There will be 5 random quizzes worth 50 pts each. These will be multiplechoice, true/false, short-answer, but mostly problem sets. These will be open notequizzes, but only notes – no text or handouts.Final – 300 pts: There will be a comprehensive final exam.Total points: 1000
Advice:Advice:Advice:Advice: A logic course is a difficult course for several reasons: 1. It is abstract andconceptual and requires a different kind of thinking. 2. It is cumulative (so if you fallbehind it becomes difficult to catch up) and requires lots of practice – you have tokeep on top of the homework. 3. It can get dull and frustrating if you lose focus. You
 
have to have the self-discipline to do the work on your own, to make sure that youunderstand and can work the exercises, and that you stay alert and focused duringclass. In other words, you will have to work hard in this class. The difficulties arecompounded by our shortened summer schedule.Course Schedule: This is the reading schedule and the schedule for submitting work inthis course. The study exercises are particularly important. The exercises that are dueare listed here. I only require the odd numbered exercises of each exercise to besubmitted, since answers for the even numbered exercises are given in the back ofthe book. Nonetheless, I highly recommend that you do both, correcting your workfor the even numbered exercises as you go, and then submitting them both. Whether you submit only the odds or both, it is extremely important that you actually do both.Practice is essential to mastering this material. I will only be grading some of thestudy exercises, though they are due each Week. I will correct and make theanswers available for them though after you have submitted them.Week 1Week 1Week 1Week 1 –– May 21May 21May 21May 21
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Read “Logic and Philosophy”, Chapter 1, pgs. 1-50
 
Study Exercises for Week 1: 1-1 (pgs 3-4), 1-3 (pgs 15),
 
2-1 (pg 24), 2-2 (pg 30), 2-5 (pg 41), 2-6 (pgs 45-46), 2-7 (pgs 46-47), 2-8(pgs 47-48)Week 2Week 2Week 2Week 2 –– May 28May 28May 28May 28
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Read “Logic and Philosophy”, Chapter 3, pgs 53-84
 
Study Exercises for Week 2: 3-1, 3-2 (57-58), 3-3, 3-4, 3-5 (pgs 62-63), 3-6(pg 68), 3-7 (pg70), 3-8 (pg 72-73), 3-10 (pg79), 3-11 (pg80)Week 3Week 3Week 3Week 3 –– June 4June 4June 4June 4
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Read “Logic and Philosophy”, Chapter 4, pgs 86-122
 
Study Exercises for Week 3: 4-1, 4-2 (92-93), 4-3 (pg96-97), 4-4,4-5(pgs102-103), 4-6 (105-106), 4-7,4-8 (pgs110-111), 4-9 (pg 114), 4-10(pg116), 4-11, 4-12, 4-13 (pgs 119-120)Week 4Week 4Week 4Week 4 –– June 11June 11June 11June 11
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Read “Logic and Philosophy”, Chapter 5, pgs 123-150
 
Study Exercises for Week 4: 5-1 (pgs.131-132), 5-3, 5-4 (pgs. 136-137),5-5(pgs. 137-138), 5-6 (pg. 139), 5-7 (pg 140), 5-8 (pg141)Week 5Week 5Week 5Week 5 ---- June 18June 18June 18June 18
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