Dr Stephen Watson
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Non-Classical logics are adaptations of standard logic which allow us to deal with features of arguments that standard logics cannot handle, such as appeals to necessity and possibility. In this course, we'll look at the way that logics can be constructed and some of their applications. We may consider Modal logics, Paraconsistent, Intuitionistic, Fuzzy and Many-valued, Relevant, Dynamic, and other logics. The course concentrates on the formal nature of these systems but the underlying motivation is to show how they can be useful in clarifying philosophical arguments.
Lectures commence in Week 1 of semester. Lecture
notes will be made available through the course homepage each week.
Attendance at tutorials is optional.
The best way to learn logic is to do logic problems. Tutorials are designed to give you the opportunity to discuss and work through problems set for that purpose.
Rod Girle (2000) Modal Logics and Philosophy, Teddington Acumen.
Note that there are many excellent books on modal logic and surrounding philosophical issues in the libraries.
There will be two assignments and a final exam.
Assignment 1 worth 20% of the overall mark will be due 4pm 4/4/2008
Assignment 2 (worth 40%) will be due 4pm 23/5/2008
The final exam is worth 40%
To obtain the final grade, the marks will be weighted as described above and added to give a final mark out of 100. People will receive a grade from 1 to 7 if their mark is above the following cut offs.
Cheating, by copying others' work will be viewed harshly. And dealt with through formal University channels.
Students are advised to read the material
given in the lecture notes, and participate actively in tutorials. You
may also wish to attend lectures. If you apply yourselves to the task on a week-by-week basis (avoiding cramming) then you are most likely to do well and
to enjoy the course more.
There is an on-campus service available to all students who may require
assistance with more general problems relating to their academic work,
e.g. writing skills, returning to study after a long break,
preparing assignments or seminars, stress, etc. This supplementary
assistance is available through the Learning Assistance Unit — a part
of Student Support Services — in the Relaxation Block, Student Union
Complex. Telephone 336 51704.
Any student who for whatever reason (not just physical
disabilities) may require alternative academic arrangements is
encouraged to seek advice from a
Disability Advisor at Student Support Services (Telephone 336 51704).