Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Logic Class Syllabus & Schedule Spring 2010

PHILOSOPHY 10 - LOGIC, Spring 2010

Instructor: Eric Gerlach

Monday & Wednesday 9:30-10:50 am

Office Hours: Mon 11-12 @ K’s Coffee

Class Code 22427

Room: BCC 51 Email: ericgerlach@gmail.com

Blog: ericgerlach.blogspot.com


Logic: Syllabus and Schedule

Course Description

This course introduces students to the history and practice of Logic in ancient and modern cultures. We will study the human origins of Logic, Indian, Greek, and Chinese Logic texts, and modern European Logic including Wittgenstein’s truth table method.


Required Texts:

-The text for the class is the Course Reader, available at Lazer Image,

61 Shattuck Square, Berkeley, (510) 644-3339

-A copy of the reader will be put on reserve in the Berkeley City College Library.


Required Assignments:

- In-class & Homework Assignments 30%

- Midterm Exam #1 30%

- Final Exam #2 30%

- Class participation 10%


Readings (bold) are to be completed for discussion by the date listed

Jan 25 Introduction: What is Logic?

Jan 27, Feb 1 The Human Origins of Logic & Reason: Magic, Witchcraft & Religion

Feb 3, 8, 10 Indian Logic: Kanada’s Vaisheshika Sutra & Gotama’s Nyaya Sutra

Feb 17, 22 Indian Logic: Jainism, Buddhism & Skepticism

Feb 24-Mar 3 Greek Logic: Aristotle’s Categories, On Interpretation, Prior & Posterior An.

Mar 8, 10 Greek Logic: Skepticism

Mar 15, 17 Chinese Logic & Paradox: Sourcebook of Chinese Philosophy

Mar 22 Review for Midterm

Mar 24 Midterm Exam

Mar 29, 31 Islamic & Medieval European Logic: Avicenna & Aquinas

Apr 5, 7 Medieval to Modern European Logic: Russell & Mill

Apr 12-19 Truth Tables & Early Wittgenstein’s Tractatus

Apr 21, 26 Contradiction, Dialectic and Hegel’s Logic

Apr 28-May 5 Late Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations

May 10, 12 Logic, Nonsense and Lewis Carroll’s Alice Books

May 17, 19 Logic, Art and Humor

May 24 Review for Final Exam

May 26 Final Exam