PHI 422 - Advanced Logic


Spring 2017

Tues, Thurs 1:00 - 2:15 p.m.

FDH 105


TA/Grader: Jesse Fitts

CDC 404

Office Hours: Tues, Thurs-4:00-5:00



Dave Beisecker

Department of Philosophy

CDC 429

Office Hours: Tues, Thurs - 2:30-3:30

Office Phone: 895-4038



Course Objective: Our objectives this term will be to demonstrate mastery of basic concepts and methods in the meta-theory of first-order propositional, predicate, and modal logic, including expressive completeness, induction, soundness, completeness, and decidability.  

Text: There is no required text for this course.  Instead, I’ll be posting several lecture notes to the course website as we go along.  Much of the ground we will be covering, especially early on, is inspired by David Bostock’s text, Intermediate Logic (Oxford University Press, 1997).  Toward the end of the semester, we might also cover a little material inspired by James Garson’s Modal Logic For Philosophers.

Regular Course Requirements:  In lieu of formal exams, I shall be assigning homework every week, portions of which I shall be collecting and grading.  The aim here is to provide you with quick and continuous feedback.  I also plan to conduct frequent, short quizzes (a dozen or so over the course of the term).  If you’ve been keeping up with the material and following the lectures, they should be relatively painless.  If you haven’t, we will become aware of that fact in short order.

Assignments and quizzes will be worth between 5 and 20 points apiece, for a total of (roughly) 300 points.  Grading shall be according to the standard numerical scale (90-100%=A, 80-90%=B, etc.), which means that you should not expect a curve.

As you can see, none of these assignments or quizzes will be worth all that much individually, however collectively they will be worth a great deal.  This means that if you expect to pass this course, you must regularly attend class meetings.  If for some reason you cannot make a class session, you should let me know, and I’ll see what we can do about making up any missed homework or quizzes.

Periodically (roughly twice during the semester), I will total up your homework and quiz scores and let you know how you are standing.

Specific Requirements for Graduate Students: In addition to the regular homework and quizzes, students taking this course for graduate credit will be expected to schedule appointments with me for a mid-term oral exam and an oral final.  In order to shape the specific direction these oral exams will take, students may opt to complete a special project relating to the course content (e.g., strategic proof completion) and present that work to me as part of the oral.  Collectively, these two exams will constitute half of one's grade, with the regular homework exercises and quizzes constituting the other half.


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