Faculty of Arts

PHIL 323

Philosophy of Logic

Please note: this is archived course information from 2021 for PHIL 323.


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?



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Availability 2021

Not offered in 2021; planned for 2022


Lecturer(s) Dr Patrick Girard


Recommended Reading

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


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PHIL 323: 15.0 points


PHIL 222 or 30 points at Stage II in Philosophy

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