IIT Madras – Humanities and Social Sciences

Department of Humanities & Social Sciences

Indian Institute of Technology Madras


Course ID
HS 1070
1st Year
1st Semester

This course introduces to the students the nature and function of the normative science logic and the basic principles of epistemology. It will familiarize them with the syllogistic structure of arguments and help them acquire the skills of developing arguments and identifying logical fallacies
This course introduces the students to the foundations of Logical Reasoning. The objective is to tease out an understanding of the art of questioning assumptions, reasons, validity claims and conclusions, a la Socratic Method.
At the end of the course, the students should be able to understand the difference between a formal approach to logic and a more substantive understanding of issues under consideration, be it, social, political, economic, legal or cultural. The emphasis will also be on the inseparability of the formal and the substantive logical claims for achieving soundness in reasoning.

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