Classical Logic

Term Summer Session 2021
Code WPH11
Ages 11-13
Instructor Dr. Rachel Lott
Price $300

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If jabberwocks are all bandersnatches, and if no bandersnatches eat jam, then do jabberwocks eat jam?

This course introduces classical logic in the spirit of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. With no prior experience required, students will learn the foundations of classical logic, including categorical syllogisms, propositional logic, and basic quantificational logic. Weekly exercises will draw from a range of literary and fantasy-themed scenarios that require students to identify, formulate, and analyze logical forms. Students will solve puzzles and encounter paradoxes, all while learning the strengths and weaknesses of different logical systems.

Live Classes: Tuesdays, 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, from June 8th to July 27th

Student Expectations: Students will complete weekly logic exercises and occasional short readings by Lewis Carroll.

Feedback/Assessment: Students will receive grades with detailed feedback on the weekly exercises.

Student Support: The instructor is available via email.

Materials/Supplies: The instructor will supply all materials, including short readings.

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