Faculty of Arts


PHIL 323

Philosophy of Logic


Description

This course introduces students to problems that arise at the meeting of logic and philosophy. Sometimes philosophical questions puts logic into doubt, sometimes logical investigation helps settling difficult philosophical questions.

The goal is to gain experience of the process of thinking about different logics with a philosophical mind, as well as to navigate difficult philosophical concepts with logical methods. Emphasis is put on the back and forth dialogue between the technical methods of logic and the conceptual analysis of philosophy.

The course centres around questions such as: How does logic help solving philosophical problems? What is logic? Is there more than one logic? Is there a pre-theoretic notion of what logically follows from what?  How is logic related to language? What are conditionals? What are possible worlds? What is a paradox?

Assessment

Coursework only

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Availability 2020

Semester 2

Lecturer(s)

Lecturer(s) Dr Patrick Girard

Reading/Texts


Recommended Reading

Stephen Read, Thinking About Logic: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Logic (Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 1994)

Assessment

Coursework only

Points

PHIL 323: 15.0 points

Prerequisites

PHIL 222 or 30 points at Stage II in Philosophy


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