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Logic (Level 4)


Monday 22 April - Monday 01 July 2024, 6pm-9pm

18 sessions - Check class timetable


Logic, 'the science of reasoning', investigates the difference between good and bad deductive arguments. As such logic is an essential element of any philosopher’s toolkit, as well as an area of philosophical inquiry in its own right.

A natural language like English is full of imprecision and ambiguity; this short course introduces sentential logic with its own formal, logically precise language, which enables us to lay bare the logically relevant features of natural language so that we can evaluate the correctness of arguments. In a further step, we introduce predicate logic, an extension of sentential logic, which allows us to assess an even wider array of arguments. The course equips you with a solid foundation in logic crucial to the practice of philosophy, as well as other disciplines such as computer science, linguistics and the cognitive sciences.

We will cover:

  • Natural and formal languages
  • Types and tokens
  • Use and mention
  • Validity and soundness
  • Semantics
  • Deduction
  • Quantification
  • Sets and relations

Assessment is via four logic exercises (15%, 15%, 30% and 40%).

This can be taken as a standalone short course or as a part of:

30 credits at level 4

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students.

    This short course has no prerequisites.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You register directly onto the classes you would like to take. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then register onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.