Course Description

One of the very earliest forms of academic study, long before science was even a thing and gods were still believed to reside in the mountains, was the examination into logic. Nowadays, the concept of logic seems to just mean an ability to apply rational thought, but in reality, logic is much more than that. Logic is the system of rules that governs what is rational, and what is not.

In this course, we will introduce many of the concepts that are involved in various forms of logical study. We will examine both formal and informal logic, differentiate between inductive and deductive reasoning, and take a look at some of the more advanced schools of logic. Because formal logic is a study focused on taking the colloquial out of any statements and reducing them to a pure abstract, some of the following lessons will involve an introduction to some of the formal systems and languages involved. For the most part, though, this introductory course will try to relate as many concepts as possible using plain English, in order to make the lessons more accessible and comprehensible. In this course, we will also review a number of paradoxes and fallacies that are inherent in logic, as well as some of the history and the applications possible with logic.

The aim of this course is not to give a comprehensive understanding of logic, as that would take a number of very involved degrees. Hopefully, it will leave you with a clearer understanding of logic, both in the abstract, and that you can apply to everyday life.

Take a moment and ask yourself what you think the word "logic" means. If you were to ask the average person, they might say that it means reason, or common sense. Certainly, it's something to do with intelligence, they would say. In reality, like words in every language, the common use of the word logic has evolved. The way most people commonly use logic is quite different than the classical definition of the word; both would be considered proper uses of the word, but it is the latter that forms the foundation for an entire field of study. So in order to progress this course on logic, we first have to establish exactly what it is that logic is.

What is Logic?

Put as simply as possible, logic is the study of constructing and deconstructing an argument that something is true or false. A set of consistent rules are established, and applying those rules to any particular argument determines whether the argument is valid or invalid. Logic cannot be applied to any statements that do not have a binary answer; a statement must be capable of being proven true or false for logic to be applied to it.

Language and Logic

Logic is primarily involved with the thought process behind determining whether something is true or not. Because thought processes are fundamentally abstract, logic is fundamentally based upon the language a concept is expressed in. The language itself doesn't matter; many of the first rational arguments were conducted in Greek, so their logic was based upon Greek. The concepts and examples we will discuss in this course will be in English, but the principles could be extended to any other language. There is a fundamental issue with language, however: language changes. Words evolve, sometimes over the course of centuries, sometimes much sooner. Dialects form in different regions, making the same sentence in one region mean an entirely different thing somewhere else. Because language cannot provide a rigid structure for logical arguments, there have been a number of attempts to create logical systems that are not reliant upon language.

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  • Printable Lessons
  • Full HD Video  
  • 6 Months to Complete
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe what logic is and why it's important to know.
  • Summarize the history of logic.
  • Define argumentation theory.
  • Define informal logic.
  • Define syllogisms and propositions.
  • Define logical form.
  • Describe natural deduction.
  • Describe modal logic.
  • Describe statistics and probability.
  • Describe methods of inductive reasoning.
  • Describe formal logical fallacies.
  • Describe informal logical fallacies.
  • Describe paradoxes.
  • Describe practical applications of logic.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
My Logic for Taking this Course... 1 points
Lesson 1 Exam 10 points
Lesson 2 Exam 8 points
Lesson 3 Exam 10 points
Lesson 4 Exam 10 points
Lesson 5 Exam 8 points
Lesson 6 Exam 10 points
Lesson 7 Exam 7 points
Lesson 8 Exam 7 points
Lesson 9 Exam 9 points
Lesson 10 Exam 8 points
Lesson 11 Exam 8 points
Lesson 12 Exam 10 points
Lesson 13 Exam 9 points
Lesson 14 Exam 10 points
Lesson 15 Exam 9 points
The Final Exam 79 points
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