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PHIL2303: Logic

Matthew M. Daude, Ph.D. Section 28763
Spring, 2002
2:50-4:05 PM
RGC 124

Contact Information

Office Rio Grande Campus
Peach Street Office Building, Room 2-I
ACC email mdaude@austincc.edu
Instructional email matthew@thoughtexperience.com
Instructional Web http://www.austincc.edu/mdaude

Instructional Office Hours

Monday 9:00 to 10:30 AM RGC, Peach Street, 2-I
Tuesday 9:00 to 11:00 AM online (Windows Messenger or Blackboard)
Wednesday 9:00 to 10:30 AM RGC, Peach Street, 2-I

Other times by appointment

Course Description

The ACC catalogue describes this course as "A study of the rules of argument, inductive and deductive reasoning, the recognition of informal and formal fallacies, and the application of logical thinking in work and social situations." We will explore a number of issues central to logic, including (but not limited to) the nature and function(s) of language, fallacies in reasoning, inductive vs. deductive argument forms and strategies, mathematical logic, and scientific method. Our emphasis will be on application of these tools in the construction and evaluation of arguments.

There are no course prerequisites for Logic. A passing score or the equivalent on the reading portion of the TASP is required, and passing scores or the equivalent on the writing and math portions are recommended.

Course Rationale

As human beings we think of ourselves as rational beings, beings who use reason in drawing judgments and determining actions. Since Logic is the science through which we assess the quality of reasoning, logic is essential to good judgment and right action.

PHIL2303 Objectives

Departmental Course Goals

  1. To develop reasoning skills
  2. To recognize, appreciate, and criticize arguments of various kinds
  3. To learn to construct cogent arguments of various kinds

  1. Students will demonstrate improved critical reading, thinking, and writing skills.
  2. Students will be able to recognize and evaluate arguments of various kinds
  3. Students will be able to construct cogent arguments of various kinds

Instructional Methodology

The class will consist predominantly of lecture and in-class group work. I may use a variety of media in my presentations, including web material, etc. The major form of individual assessment will be exams. I may also use online forms to gather information about your progress in the coursework. I would prefer that assignments be submitted by email wherever possible.

Internet access and an email address is recommended. I will post a number of supplementary materials and other items of interest on the PHIL2303 web pages. I have set up a listserv for this class for additional discussion of issues that we do not cover in class. See my instructional web for details.

Required Texts/Materials

Baum. Logic

The text is available in the ACC bookstore. Additional readings and assignments will also be posted to my instructional web.

I will announce reading assignments in class and post them on the readings web page for our course. Handouts, if any, will be posted as well. Check the readings page for supplementary material and other items of interest (including Matthew's famous Logic Puzzle of the Week!).

Work and Grading Policy

I will give frequent (at least weekly) short quizzes, four exams and a comprehensive final exam this semester, weighted according to the following chart. Extra credit will be factored into this average. I do not accept late work, except by prior arrangement ("prior" means "prior to the time it was due"!). Please see the General Course Policies for further guidelines.



Weekly quizzes


Final Exam 25%

See the Coursework Guide for a more detailed explanation of the written work.


Review my Course Policies online at


Academic Freedom

Students have the right to believe whatever they happen to believe and, within the appropriate constraints that follow from the organization of a course and its class meetings, to express those beliefs. Grades will never be based on the beliefs that a student maintains, but only on the quality of the philosophical work performed by a student in conjunction with the course.

Academic Dishonesty

Cases of academic dishonesty will be pursued according to the procedure set forth in the Student Handbook, “Student Rights and Responsibilities,” Section J, “Academic Dishonesty."

Students with Disabilities

ACC is committed to full compliance with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you are entitled to accommodation and have not done so already, contact the Office for Students with Disabilities as soon as possible to request appropriate accommodations.

Course Outline

Since the class will help determine the pace at which we cover the material, I will give only an outline of the topics I plan to cover.

  1. Introductory comments: language, truth and inquiry
    1. Basic concepts
    2. Inquiry and Truth: What is an argument?
    3. Uses of Language
    4. Definitions
  2. Nonformal analysis of arguments
    1. The general structure of arguments
    2. Induction and Deduction
    3. Nonformal Fallacies
      1. Fallacies of Relevance
      2. Fallacies of Presumption
      3. Fallacies of Ambiguity
  3. Induction
    1. Analogical Reasoning
    2. Enumerative Induction
    3. Causality
    4. Scientific Method
    5. Probability (?)
  4. IV. Deduction
    1. Aristotelian Logic
    2. Propositional Logic
    3. Quantification (?)
  5. Conclusion

Refer to the online readings page for a more detailed list of topics, reading assignments, and exercises. Be sure to check the PHIL2303 main page frequently for due dates and other announcements.

This page was last updated 08/23/2009 08:16:52 PM by mdaude.