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Reason & Argument - PHI00005C

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  • Department: Philosophy
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Rob Trueman
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25

Module summary

This module introduces some of the key logical concepts and skills that are used throughout Philosophy. Students will learn how to symbolise an argument in a formal language, and then test the argument for validity.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 2 2024-25

Module aims

To introduce some of the key logical concepts and skills that are used throughout Philosophy.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students should be able to:

  • Explain key logical concepts, such as validity, consistency, and necessity.

  • Symbolise simple arguments in Truth-Functional Logic (TFL).

  • Use truth-tables to test arguments in TFL for tautological validity.

  • Symbolise complex arguments in First-Order Logic (FOL).

  • Construct a counter-interpretation to demonstrate that an argument is not valid in FOL.

  • Construct a proof to demonstrate that an argument is valid in FOL.


Task Length % of module mark
Online Exam -less than 24hrs (Centrally scheduled)
Reason & Argument
N/A 67
Open Exam (5 days)
Mid-semester open exam
N/A 33

Special assessment rules


Additional assessment information

Summative Assessments

Open exam (33%), Week 6 Semester 2

Online exam (67%), end of Semester 2 assessment period


Task Length % of module mark
Essay : Online Exam
N/A 67
Open Exam (5 days)
Open Exam
N/A 33

Module feedback

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Indicative reading

forallx: York Edition, available at

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