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In previous lessons we learned that simple statements are joined by operators to construct compound statements. In this lesson, you’ll learn more about how operators work and why using them properly is essential for building the correct logical relations between the terms in an argument [More]
We kick of module 2 of the Short Little Lessons in Logic course by looking how to replace simple statements with variables to isolate the form of an argument and separate form from truth value. This provides a foundation for the two-step process we’ll use to both analyze and construct deductive arguments. [More]
In this lesson, we revisit statements and you'll learn more about the specific syntax to use when writing them. The lesson covers the difference between simple and compound statements and how to create each type so they function properly in arguments. [More]
In the previous lesson, we learned a little metaphysics as a foundation for understanding how propositions work. In this lesson, we apply those concepts to better understand how propositions relate to statements in logic. We also refine our concept of truth value. [More]
What is the difference between a numeral 7 and a number 7? What about the difference between syntax and semantics? Do you know what a symbol really does? Find out in this lesson and learn what these topics have to do with logical analysis. [More]
While logical analysis has a lot to do with the structure of arguments, knowing what is true and false is an important part of a good argument as well. In this lesson, you'll learn what to do when you don't know whether a claim is true or false as well as the role truth plays in logic. [More]
To build arguments, we need to use very specific types of sentences. This helps our arguments to have the right structure so they're, well, logical. This lesson talks about those sentences and sets the stage for determining what is true and what isn't. [More]
Lesson 2 in the series "Short Little Lessons in Logic". Learn what an argument is and how it functions in logic. You'll learn the three parts of an argument and we'll introduce you to the building blocks of sound reasoning. We promise we won't yell at you and say mean things. [More]
Short Little Lessons in Logic is the first in a new series by Philosophy News where you can learn philosophy in bite-sized chunks at your own pace. This first series covers fundamental concepts in formal logic and covers the basics of logic, how to construct arguments, deductive and inductive reasoning, truth tables, categorical logic and informal logic. We're excited to bring you this free series and we appreciate you telling others about it on social media! [More]
Lesson 1 in the series "Short Little Lessons in Logic". In this lesson, we introduce formal logic and how it can be used to help us become better thinkers. In it, we claim that there is a right way to organize our thoughts and logic is the tool that helps us do this. You'll learn the definition of logic and some important terms that will help set you up for success in the rest of the course. [More]

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• Professor of Religion and Professor of Philosophy
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Dr. Alvin Plantinga
• on Where the Conflict Really Lies
• Emeritus Professor of Philosophy (UND)
• Focuses on Epistemology, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Religion
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Dr. Peter Boghossian
• on faith as a cognitive sickness
• Teaches Philosophy at Portland State University (Oregon)
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