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Lynn Hankinson Nelson
PHIL 120
Seattle Campus

Introduction to Logic

Elementary symbolic logic. The development, application, and theoretical properties of an artificial symbolic language designed to provide a clear representation of the logical structure of deductive arguments.

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IMPORTANT: I recommend you NOT buy the text from the book store, at least not until we've met. You will be able to RENT the text for far less money as I will explain when we meet. Also you do need the 6th edition (it is very different from earlier editions).

Elementary symbolic logic. The development, application, and theoretical properties of an artificial symbolic language designed to provide a clear representation of the logical structure of deductive arguments. PHIL 120 introduces students to formal (symbolic) logic, in which the logical notions of arguments, validity, consistency, logical truths and logical falsehoods are studied and methods for establishing them are learned. Course material includes the study of these concepts as they apply to Sentential Logic, and Predicate Logic including quantification. TEXT: "The Logic Book", Bergmann, Moor, and Nelson.

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Last Update by Lynn Hankinson Nelson
Date: 06/13/2013