Introduction to Logic

Welcome to my Intro to Logic blog. This is your text for the course; you’ll be accessing this blog everyday this semester.

I’m teaching two sections of the course in Spring 2020, one in the classroom and one on-line. There is also a Canvas site for each section, where you’ll be posting some of your work and taking quizzes.

This is the syllabus for the face-to-face section:

PHIL 151.01- CVasey-202001

This is the syllabus for the on-line section:

PHIL 151.02- CVasey-202001

Both sections are using this blog as the text, but the assignments vary slightly for an obvious reason. If you are signed up for the on-line section but would like to attend the face-to-face section, I expect there will be enough seats in Trinkle 140 (Tues and Thurs 3:30-4:45) to accommodate you.

It’s important to appreciate that an on-line class requires a great deal more maturity and discipline on your part; you are pretty much working on your own. We may never see each other at all. That makes it easy to fall behind and to fail to get clarification of points that you don’t quite understand at first glance. You’ll have to develop a strategy for succeeding, for communicating with me (asking questions by email or chat room), for managing your time effectively. It is harder to be successful in an on-line class than in a face-to-face class, but for some, the flexibility makes it essential. The most important thing for succeeding is being a careful and attentive reader. And learn to read things twice (if not more!)

So, the first thing to do is: read the syllabus. Carefully. Twice. Look at the Canvas site (the list of Assignments, or the Gradebook) to see what the work involved will be, the pace and frequency of assignments.
Here’s a preview: every week you’ll have two online quizzes (multiple choice); every other week you’ll have a more substantial quiz; you’ll write three very short papers during the semester on assigned topics, and submit five analyses of short texts. There are also three exams. There are exercises for practice at the distinctions you’ll need to learn and the techniques of representation and analysis. It is essential to do the exercises in order to actually learn (rather than just understand) the material.