# Philosophy 12A

## Summer 2008 2nd 6wks

Number | Title | Instructor | Days/time | Room |
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12A | Introduction to Logic | Klempner | TuWTh 10-12:30 | 130 Wheeler |

Logic is about reasoning. People reason well or reason poorly; peopleís arguments are good or bad. Logic is concerned with telling the difference; specifically, we will look at formal systems for characterizing and evaluating the structure of a particular kind of argument, deductive arguments. A good, or valid, deductive argument is one in which the conclusion follows from the premisesóone in which true premises would guarantee a true conclusion. Our study of formal systems will yield methods for figuring out when arguments are valid.

This class is in many ways like a math class: the work will primarily involve doing logic problems. It should, however, give you a greater appreciation for the structure of arguments in ordinary English.