Are there “laws of thought” just as surely as there is a law of gravity? The answer is a resounding “yes!” This course explores those basic “laws of thought” that will help students better understand how we can discover truths, and how we can better communicate truths to others. Students will study forms of correct thinking, using traditional Aristotelian tools such as formal proofs and truth tables. Students will also be conversant in the common logical fallacies to avoid. Through many formal and informal debates, students will have many opportunities to apply their logical skills. While learning logic helps students to win arguments, students will be reminded throughout that the ultimate purpose of studying logic is to learn how to love God with all of our minds.
Jumpstart Logic (Summer)
This is a somewhat abbreviated version of the full-year Logic 1 class intended for new students who need to shore up their foundation in logic before moving on to Logic 2. It will also serve to fulfill one logic graduation requirement.
Students will study forms of correct thinking, using traditional Aristotelian tools such as formal proofs and truth tables. Students will also be conversant in the common logical fallacies to avoid.
Done with Logic 1? You’ve just begun the life-long journey of learning how to think with excellence. Join us as we continue to study the science and art of thinking well. In this course we move beyond the syllogism and focus on various types of deductive and inductive arguments. Students will have the opportunity to study arguments from some of the greatest writings in Western culture. We will take a close look at Aquinas’ arguments for God’s existence, the Declaration of Independence, passages from the Gospels and Paul’s epistles, Socratic dialogues, and other selections. In addition to analyzing arguments, students will also learn how to create arguments of their own. We will use the five “common topics” of Aristotle in order to build arguments and test them in debates and other activities. We are called to not be conformed to the pattern of this world, but to be renewed by the transformation of our minds. Join us as we endeavor to glorify God in our thinking.
Prerequisites: Logic 1 or Jumpstart Logic