Logic Completeness and Incompleteness

Subject 161-241 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Thirty-five contact hours per semester: two 1-hour lectures per week for the whole semester and a 1-hour tutorial per week beginning the second week of semester
Total Time Commitment: 3 contact hours/week, 5.5 additional hours/week. Total of 8.5 hours per week.
Prerequisites: 161-115 Logic or 800-123 Logic: Language and Information, 620-122 Mathematics B (Advanced), or 620-142 Mathematics B, or 433-255 Logic and Computation, or 620-211 Mathematics 2 (Advanced) or with the permission of the subject coordinator.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Assoc Prof Greg Restall


Subject Overview: This subject deals with selected topics in logic beyond what is covered in a first logic subject, such as the completeness and undecidability of first-order logic and alternative deductive systems. The course finishes with an elaboration of Godel's imcompleteness theorem, and a discussion of its consequences. Concepts and results will be approached via both theoretical discussion and practical experience with formal techniques, enabling students to appreciate the philosophical importance of the major logical results and equipping them for further study in philosophy or in logic-related areas of other disciplines, eg. mathematics, linguistics, computer science.
Objectives: Students who successfully complete this subject will
  • have an overview of central areas in mathematical logic;
  • understand basic concepts in mathematical logic;
  • demonstrate an ability to prove results in mathematical logic;
  • appreciate the relevance of results and concepts of logic to philosophical issues.
Assessment: Tutorial exercises 50% (throughout semester), and a 2 hr written examination (not open-book) 50% (end of semester).
Prescribed Texts: Richard Jeffrey, Formal Logic: Its Scope and Limits, 3rd edition. Together with extra readings available on LMS.
Breadth Options:

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Generic Skills: Students who successfully complete this subject will
  • acquire the ability to reason rigorously about abstract issues;
  • acquire the ability to reason mathematically about non-numerical matters;
  • acquire the ability to solve abstractly posed problems.
Related Course(s): Diploma in Arts (Philosophy)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: History & Philosophy of Science
Philosophy Major

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