Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2021 to 2022
Autumn Term 6 30 (15) Jon Williamson checkmark-circle


Logic is the study of the methods and principles used to distinguish correct reasoning from incorrect reasoning and, as such, it is a crucial component of any philosophy course. Moreover, logic has applications other than the testing of arguments for cogency: it is also a widely used and useful tool for clarifying the problematic concepts that have traditionally troubled philosophers, e.g., deductive consequence, rational degree of belief, knowledge, necessary truth, identity, etc. Indeed, much contemporary philosophy cannot be understood without a working knowledge of logic. Given this, logic is an important subject for philosophy students to master.

The module will primarily cover propositional and predicate logic. Regarding propositional and predicate logic, the focus will be on methods for testing the validity of an argument. These methods will allow students to distinguish correct from incorrect reasoning. The module will also cover inductive and modal logics. Regarding inductive and modal logics, the focus will be on clarifying epistemological concepts through the use of these logics.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 40
Private Study Hours: 260
Total Study Hours: 300

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:

Presentation (15 minutes) – 20%
Online Test 1 (45 minutes) – 20%
Online Test 2 (45 minutes) – 20%
In-Course Test 1 (45 minutes) – 20%
In-Course Test 2 (45 minutes) – 20%

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List

Copi, I. Cohen, C. and McMahon, K. (2004). Introduction to Logic, London: Routledge.
Fisher, A. (2004). The Logic of Real Arguments, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2nd Ed.
Girle, R. (2010) Modal Logics and Philosophy, Brixham: Acumen, 2nd Ed.
Haack, S. (2010) Philosophy of Logics, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Hodges, W. (2001). Logic, London: Penguin Books Ltd, 2nd Ed.
Howson, C. (1997). Logic with Trees: An Introduction to Symbolic Logic, Oxon: Routledge
Williamson, J. (2017) Lectures on Inductive Logic, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Demonstrate an understanding of validity and some of the major approaches to testing validity;
2 Approach more complex formalisms with more confidence;
3 Through their study of these theories, engage critically with, and enhance their understanding of, some of the issues in this area concerning logic;
4 Apply more complex formal methods, e.g., inductive and modal logics, in order to distinguish correct from incorrect reasoning;
5 Apply more complex formal methods in order to clarify problematic concepts in philosophy more generally, e.g., knowledge, and necessary truth.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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