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Stanford University

Language, Proof and Logic

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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.

Taught by

John Etchemendy and Dave Barker-Plummer


5.0 rating, based on 2 Class Central reviews

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  • Robert Grutza

    Robert Grutza completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    This is an awesome introduction to Logic. The likable instructors give crystal clear lectures peppered with good humor. The course, for a small fee, also provides a book with a toolset of programs you install on your computer to solidify concepts taught. It is worth signing up for the book and software.
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    Leandro Camargo

    Leandro Camargo is taking this course right now.

    Excellent introduction to FOL, even (perhaps especially) for people without solid mathematical background. Great balance between conceptual rigour and non-overwhelming use of symbolic manipulation.

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