2023-2024 / PHIL0042-1

Logic and analysis of reasoning


45h Th

Number of credits

 Bachelor in philosophy5 crédits 
 Certificate in teaching of philosophy and citizenship (not organised in 2022-2023)5 crédits 


Bruno Leclercq

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Introduction to propositional calculus Introduction to predicate calculus Introduction to informal logic and argumentation theory

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Ability to use logical calculus and/or informal analysis of arguments in order to estimate the correction of reasonings.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Secondary education. Good command of french language.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Oral presentation, reference book, e-learning website, exercice classes with an older student.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

The course (45h) will take place during the first term (September-December)

1) from the 18th of September to the 18th of December 2023 : on Mondays from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Room : PHILO II.

2) from the 25th of October to the 20th of December 2023 : on Wednesdays from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Room : GRAND PHYSIQUE.






Recommended or required readings

Reference book : BOUQUIAUX L. et LECLERCQ B., Logique formelle et argumentation, Bruxelles, De Boeck, 3rd edition, 2017.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam

Out-of-session test(s)

Additional information:

Written exam (both Multiple Choice Questions and written assignment) in January and September. The exam may also be taken in June by first year students.

No student will be allowed to take the exam on another day than the other students.

On Mondays, at the beginning of each lecture will be organized a brief optional test on the subject of the preceeding lecture.

In November and December will be organized optional tests on propositional logic and predicate logic, respectively. They will not be taken into consideration for the final mark unless the student does better in this test than in the corresponding part of the exam.

As far as the "argumentation theory" part is concerned, a short (optional) essay, which should be uploded to e-campus board before Wednesday the 20th of December 2023, could exempt the student from two questions of the written exam (counting for 3,33 points out of 20).
This essay (1 to 2 pages ; around 3000 to 5000 signs) will consist in evaluating some reasoning (produced after July 2023 !) spotted in the media (and which must be provided with accurate information on its source); the evaluation requires 1) spotting a problematic inference, 2) a clear recontruction of the analysed inference, 3) the identification of the inference scheme used, 4) adequate critical questions and 5) a decision on whether the inference is correct or fallacious. Organisation of the thought, clarity and accurateness of the expression, correct language are part of what will be marked.
December 20 is the deadline after which no essay will be taken into consideration.
Results will be released on Saturday the 30th of December.







Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

The first session will be held on Monday the 18th of September 2023 at 11am.








Bruno LECLERCQ Département de Philosophie Place du XX août, 9 (2ème étage) B.Leclercq@uliege.be

Association of one or more MOOCs