week 1: Mon Aug 28 & Wed Aug 30
As a warm-up, we will begin with a few reasoning exercises and logical puzzles.
NB: Assignment #1 [PDF] – due Aug 30 – solutions [PDF]
week 2: Wed Sept 6 — No class on Mon Sept 4
We will discuss the structure of an argument, its articulation into premises and conclusions, and the distinction between deductive and inductive arguments [slides here].
Euclid, Elements, Book I, Propositions 1—5
definitions, postulates and common notion
proofs of proposition I , II-III and IV-V
week 3: Mon Sept 11 & Wed Sept 13
Same topic as last week.
week 4: Mon Sept 18 — No class on Wed Sept 20
We will discuss what necessary and sufficient conditions are and their significance within arguments [slides here].
WIFI Philosophy, Necessary and Sufficient Conditions [video1, video2]
Milton Friedman on Slavery and Colonization [video]
week 5: Mon Sept 25 & Wed Sept 27
Review of the topics discussed and exam preparation [worksheet].
NB: In-class exam #1 on Sept 27 – solutions [PDF]