Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2021 to 2022.

Overview

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.

Details

Contact hours

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

Availability

Also available under code PL579 (Level 6)

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%

Reassessment methods:
Reassessment Instrument: 100% Examination

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 Through their study of these theories, engage critically with, and enhance their understanding of, some of the issues in this area concerning logic;
3 Approach formalisms with more confidence;
4 Apply formal methods in order to critically evaluate arguments;
5 Apply formal methods in order to clarify problematic concepts in epistemology, e.g., deductive consequence and rational degree of belief.

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

1 Engage in argument, both oral and written;
2 Demonstrate their skills in critical analysis and argument through their reading, writing and discussion with others in seminars;
3 Show an ability to work alone and to take responsibility for their own learning;
4 Demonstrate their ability to clarify complex ideas and arguments, both orally and in writing.

Notes

  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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