Phil 3200 - Deductive Logic

Instructor:   Lex Newman

A detailed syllabus of the course will be available at the start of the semester. In the meantime, I want to make a couple of comments about the course.

Course Content

The course is an introduction to deductive logical reasoning. Students learn the basic skills of logical argumentation – skills underlying the reasoning at play in nearly every academic discipline.


The course web will be supported through Canvas – the Canvas page should be up and running the week before class begins.

Homework Lab

Deductive Logic fulfills the Quantitative Reasoning GenEd requirement. Like typical such courses, it is homework intensive. You will be doing your homework with the help of computer software (bundled withe the course text). The instructor will run a one hour homework lab every week. This is a great chance to get expert help with the weekly homework assignments. This homework lab is entirely optional, though you may want to try to keep that time slot open. Tentatively, the homework lab will be scheduled Thursdays, 2:00-3:00.


Course grades are based on three in-class exams and weekly homework assignments.

Course Text

For this course, you must buy the textbook NEW. The textbook comes with software that you must register. The problem is that only one student can register the software, per book – period. So, if you buy the textbook used, not only do you run the risk that the software won't be intact, you will be unable to register the software (if the previous owner already did so).

We are using the 2nd edition of the text. Do not purchase the 1st edition – the changes made in the 2nd edition are significant, including changes to the homework sets.

You may purchase the text in either of two formats – use this link to the publisher's website:

For most students the online package would work just fine. You will not need to bring a copy of the text to class. Sometimes PDF versions of texts are not very well formatted for PDF. This one is very professionally done. Unless you have an aversion to reading on computer/tablet screens, I highly recommend the digital package.

If you decide to go with the "physical package", you may be able to save a few dollars by purchasing the text from Amazon.

The text we're using is large and it covers a lot of advanced ground. We will not use all of the text, but will only cover the material appropriate to a beginning course in formal logic.

The text comes with multiple software programs – groundbreaking software that is absolutely the best of its kind! Not only are these programs fun to use, they enable students to know whether their homework problems are correct. More importantly, they provide very useful feedback allowing students to more effectively learn the course material. The software will run on either Windows, MAC, or Linux.