Logic and Meaning (V7081)
15 credits, Level 4
In this module you will be introduced to the basic ideas and methods of (modern) elementary formal logic. The emphasis will be on using logic as a tool to evaluate arguments. You will be introduced to logical concepts such as truth-functionality, logical form, subject/predicate, validity, and derivability. We will also consider related issues concerning meaning, such as the meaning of ordinary-language conditionals; the distinction between literal meaning and conversational implicatures, and the distinction between referring expressions and quantifiers.
15%: Practical (Workshop)
42%: Seminar (Class)
100%: Examination (Test)
Contact hours and workload
This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 26 hours of contact time and about 124 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.
We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.
This module is offered on the following courses:
- English Language and Linguistics (with TESOL) BA
- English Language and Linguistics (with a study abroad year) BA
- English Language and Linguistics BA
- History and Philosophy BA
- Philosophy BA
- Philosophy and English BA
- Philosophy and Sociology BA
- Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) BA
- Politics and Philosophy BA