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This course has no prerequisites except an interest in the way in which we use language to construct arguments and justify conclusions. If that interests you, then you're all set! Go sign up.

About this course

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In this course you will be introduced to the concepts and techniques used in logic. We will start right from the beginning, assuming no prior exposure to this or similar material, and progress through discussions of the proof and model theories of propositional and first-order logic.

All learners receive a complete textbook and software package ($55.00 value).

We will proceed by giving a theory of truth, and of logical consequence, based on a formal language called FOL (the language of First-Order Logic). We adopt a formal language for making statements, since natural languages (like English, for example) are far too vague and ambiguous for us to analyze sufficiently. Armed with the formal language, we will be able to model the notions of truth, proof and consequence, among others.

What you'll learn

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While logic is technical in nature, the key concepts in the course will be developed by considering natural English statements, and we will focus the relationships between such statements and their FOL counterparts. The goal of the course is to show how natural English statements and arguments can be formalized and analyzed.

Meet your instructors

Dave Barker-Plummer
Senior Research Engineer, Center for the Study of Language and Information
Stanford University
John Etchemendy
Provost, Emeritus, and the Patrick Suppes Family Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences
Stanford University

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Frequently asked questions

Who should take this course?

This course is for you if you are interested in how to use language to construct and analyze arguments. The course has no prerequisites.

How is the course structured?

In addition to watching highly entertaining video lectures, you will complete assignments approximately weekly, using software applications and an automated TA who will give you feedback on your progress whenever you want it.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is based on a combination of weekly assignments, and midterm and final exams. All assignments are graded automatically.

Do I need to buy a textbook?

No. The textbook and software for this course are provided free-of-charge ($55.00 value) to all registered learners.

If you are on the verified track you will additionally receive access to the Grade Grinder automated assessment service. This service is used to grade your work for this course.

Can I get Stanford University credit for this class?