Logic - PL579

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2017-18 2018-19
Canterbury Autumn
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6 30 (15) PROF J Williamson







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.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

3 hours per week for 10 teaching weeks


Also available under code PL605 (Level 5)

Method of assessment

100% Coursework (In-Class Tests)

Preliminary reading

Indicative Reading List

Core text:
Irving M. Copi & Carl Cohen, Introduction to Logic, Prentice Hall 2004.

Further reading:
Alec Fisher, The Logic of Real Arguments, Cambridge University Press, 2004, 2nd ed.
Wilfrid Hodges, Logic, Penguin Books Ltd, 2001, 2nd ed.
Colin Howson, Logic with Trees, Taylor & Francis Ltd, 1997.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes and, as appropriate, their relationship to
programme learning outcomes:
Students who successfully complete the module will have:
• Gained an understanding of validity and some of the major approaches to testing validity. (c.f.
Philosophy Programme Specification 11.iii, 12.A.ii)
• Through their study of these theories, students will have engaged critically with, and enhanced
their understanding of, some of the issues in this area concerning logic. (PPS 12.A.ii, 12.A.iv)
The module will thus contribute to the aims and objectives of the Part II Philosophy programme by
enabling students to acquire familiarity with themes in a major area of philosophy, and to gain the
generic skills required to analyse philosophical arguments.

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