|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.