Sunday, April 20, 2014

Coursera and Logic (4)

Coursera came to my attention recently as I saw that someone on  Linkedin was taking a course about The Music of the Beatles the next time it runs is 6th June and I'm certainly thinking about taking it.  From what I see  Coursera  is  an  example of a MOOCs institution/collaboration  and is an initiative that that partners with top universities and organisations worldwide, to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free.


Am also looking to see what might be of interest around The Ancient Greek Philosophy niche too.


Logic (4)


Ok back to Philosophy in Minutes and we're looking at Logic.

What Marcus Weeks says about Logic in the book  is that it is used to check the validity (or not) of conclusions that are made.
This can be in the form of  inductive reasoning  that is  is reasoning in which the premises* seek to supply strong evidence for but not absolute proof of the truth of the conclusion.  The other typre is  deductive reasoning, this links 'premises' with 'conclusions'. If all premises are true along with the terms being clear, and the rules of deductive logic are used  then the conclusion reached is therefore necessarily true.

(*A Premise is a statement that an argument claims will induce or justify a conclusion.)


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