| Developed by Dr. Eric Mandelbaum, Philosophy, Baruch College and The Gradaute Center, CUNY; and Jessee Rappaport, Ph. D.|

Logic and Moral Reasoning is one of three basic courses in the Philosophy Department at Baruch. It can also be taken to fulfill the “Introduction to the Arts and Sciences” element of the Baruch Common Core curriculum and the “Individual and Society” requirement of the CUNY Pathways Flexible Core curriculum.


The oer & COurse Artifact

OER materials for Logic and Moral Reasoning are housed on the public website:

The website features instructional videos and an accompanying open text that are visible to all users, as well as problem sets and practice problems that can be accessed by registered users of the site. At this time, registration on the site is limited to Baruch College students.

transitioning to OER

The aim of the course is to introduce students to logical concepts such as validity and soundness, teach them how to use symbolic notation to translate from English into symbolic language, and train them in different proof methods, including truth tables and natural deduction. The approach to designing this course was somewhat ambitious. Profs. Rappaport and Mandelbaum wanted to develop a complete course package, including a textbook, video lecture series, and course website (with automatically graded homework assignments) that would be easy for other instructors to use and adapt. All course materials, including the textbook, videos, and application source code, are licensed to facilitate reuse.


Faculty Information

Professor Eric Mandelbaum researches foundational issues in cognitive science, mostly pertaining to cognitive architecture and the structure of thought. Recent projects have focused on models of unconscious inference and associative thinking, the modularity of mid-level vision, visual conceptualization, the mechanics of ensemble representations, the iconicity of language, computational theories of cognition and consciousness, the structure of mental representations, and topics in belief acquisition, storage, and change.

Jesse Rappaport, Ph.D. is a software engineer and independent scholar. He teaches PHI 1600 (Logic and Moral Reasoning) at Baruch College as an Adjunct Lecturer.


Licensing information

This teaching resource is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Openly licensed but not OER - Look out for restrictions on modification and/or redistribution. The website and materials created for this course are openly licensed but not OER.