Section: Composition   |   School: School of Logic, School of Rhetoric

Logic 1

Are there “laws of thought” just as surely as there is a law of gravity?  The answer is a resounding “yes!” In this course we will learn how to reason in an orderly and consistent fashion. Students will master the rules that govern the thinking process. There will be a particular emphasis on applying these rules to the field of Christian apologetics. The goal is to know better how to love God with all our minds.

Textbooks:

  • Introductory Logic (4th or 5th Edition) by Nance & Wilson
  • Intermediate Logic (2nd or 3rd Edition) by Nance
  • The Fallacy Detective by Bluedorn
  • The Best Things in Life by Kreeft
  • Unaborted Socrates by Kreeft

2017-18 Book List

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.

Logic 2

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 will learn to both analyze and build arguments.  In the first part of the course, we will study some of the most famous and influential arguments in Western literature (including arguments given in the Bible).  We will pay close attention to structure and soundness.  We will consider what makes for an excellent argument.  In the second part of the course, we will begin building our own arguments and testing them in debates and other activities.

Prerequisites:  Logic 1 or Jumpstart Logic

Textbook: Socratic Logic by Kreeft

2017-18 Book List