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PH329 - Truth, Consequence, and Paradox

  • Module code: PH329
  • Module name: Truth, Consequence, and Paradox
  • Department: Philosophy
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module aims to provide a non-technical introduction to some key issues in contemporary philosophy of logic. Logic, one of the three main divisions of theoretical philosophy, has been studied since the time of Aristotle. Now much mathematicised, it provides a wealth of problems demanding philosophical examination. The main topics covered will be the following. The nature of logical consequence: how we should understand the claim that some sentences are logical consequences of (or ‘follow logically from’) some other sentences; the nature of truth; some logical and semantical paradoxes, including those arising the liar sentence ‘This sentence is not true’ and from the vagueness of many expressions.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module the student should be able to: 1.understand, analyse and apply key theoretical approaches in contemporary philosophy of logic, and explain the issues at stake in debates between them; 2.identify and assess different argumentative strategies used in the philosophy of logic to address specific questions, and articulate central theoretical concepts that inform different answers to those questions; 3.develop and defend their own judgement about competing views in philosophy of logic, and express themselves clearly and with precision; 4.understand a number of central debates in philosophy of logic, and some of the major positions of key thinkers, including e.g. Alfred Tarski.

Timetabled teaching activities

Normally held in Spring term. Teaching will be by lectures and seminars. There will be two one-hour lectures per week (typically running in sequence). In addition, each student will be assigned to a weekly seminarl group comprising around 12-15 students.

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Other essential notes

Please note that attendance at both lectures and seminars and completion of any unasssessed or required work is a requirement of this module

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: PH329-15)
A1 (Assessed work only) 1500 word essay 15%
  2500 word essay 85%
B4 (Examination only) 2 hour examination (F) (STAFF USE ONLY) NOT IN USE 100%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessed (part year students only) 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Philosophy with Intercalated Year (GV18) - Year 2
Optional Core
  • Undergraduate Classical Civilisation with Philosophy (Q8V7) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Philosophy with Intercalated Year (GV18) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Classical Civilisation with Philosophy (Q8V7) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate History and Philosophy (V1V5) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy (wiith Intercalated year) (V701) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy with Classical Civilisation (V7Q8) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy and Literature with Intercalated Year (VQ73) - Year 2