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Logic: A Brief Introduction
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Welcome! This text is designed to introduce you to the basic concepts of logic and to develop your skills in applying these concepts.

To get started, perhaps I need to ask a very basic question, namely, “Why do we need to study logic anyway?” Now I know that you might be thinking that there is no need to study logic because everybody already knows what it means to be “logical” and what it means to be “illogical.” Indeed I have little doubt that the word “logic” is well entrenched in your vocabulary. Clearly, you know perfectly well what it means to say of someone, perhaps even of yourself, that he or she, is not very logical. I am also aware that you have some important models of what it means to be logical or illogical. For example, you probably associate “being logical” with someone like Mr. Spock (of Star Trek), who is portrayed as being guided more by logic than Captain Kirk, who is portrayed as all too human. You may take this contrast to put logic in a rather bad light. You might associate it with mechanistic, cold, robotic calculation and as opposed to human emotions and feelings.

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Stetson University
Ronald L. Hall
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