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TTh-day Logic Class Syllabus fall 09

TTh-day Logic Class Syllabus fall 09 - Course Syllabus Fall...

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Course Syllabus Fall 2009 Clemson University PHIL 102: INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC Sulia A. Mason, Lecturer Office: HARDIN 004 Phone: (864) 656-3309 Office Hours: TTh 9:15 to Noon Email: [email protected] Meeting Time: TTh 8:00 a.m. to 9:15 p.m. / Section 006 Meeting Place: 235 HARDIN Textbooks: How to Read a Book by Adler & Van Doren and A Rulebook for Arguments 3rd Ed. by Weston, ( required ) Course Credits: 3 The sleep of reason brings forth monsters. (Goya) The main goals of this course are to acquaint the student with some of the basic elements of logic and to help the student acquire the skills needed to identify, analyze, evaluate and construct sound arguments—deductive and inductive. Although both theory and practice will be presented, this course will be oriented more to practice than to theory. The student will learn how to convert any argument of ordinary language into the language of logic and how to determine the correctness or incorrectness of the argument. Because logic is both an art and a science, to ensure the student meets the goals of the class, the student will be assigned practice exercises and will be required to pass 3 exams, write one paper and complete an argument-evaluation form. CLASS FORMAT A primary method for “doing” philosophy is dialogue. By articulating one’s own thoughts and listening to the response of others, one can more clearly identify one’s beliefs and convictions, and recognize their basis and implications. This is particularly crucial in logic, which is a skill that requires one to demonstrate a certain level of competency. Practice, both in and out of class, is essential. To facilitate philosophical dialogue, students will be rewarded for contributing to the discussion—asking questions, making comments, or answering questions. Please come prepared to discuss the readings and your reactions to them, as well as any insights you gained regarding contemporary applications. ASSIGNMENTS 1. Readings are assigned for most sessions. The second reading assignment is James Rachels’ chapter on Cultural Relativism, about which you will complete a reading evaluation sheet. This sheet (sample on pg. 7) may be downloaded from BB. Because you have not yet acquired any skills from this course, this RES will not be assessed on its content, but will be worth 10 bonus points on your first exam as long as it is completed by class time on the 25 th of August. Regarding other reading assignments, students must do each of the required
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