TheBasicsOfLogic

13 yrs and up, $175, 14 week course– Prerequisite: One Intermediate Course

Why did God give man a reasonable mind, the ancients asked, if not for the purpose of discovering Himself? Students will use discussion to stretch themselves in the art of clear thinking, grow in their ability to pursue the truth rationally, articulately, and persuasively, and recognize faulty thinking when they see it.

To Buy:

  • The Fallacy Detective by Nathaniel and Hans Bluedorn
    Please purchase the 3rd edition, 2009 or newer.

Reading List:

Week  1: The Country of the Blind by H.G. Wells – How do we know truth exists, and that we can know it? 

Week 2: The Three Tools of Death by G.K. Chesterton –  Understanding, judging, and reasoning

Week 3: Love is a Fallacy by Max Shulman AND The Fallacy Detective by Nathaniel and Hans Bluedorn, Attack of the Red Herrings: Avoiding the Question Fallacies, (3rd Edition: pages 26-62) OR (Workbook 4th edition: pages 28-73)

Week 4: The Fallacy Detective, Going Round in Circles: Making Assumptions - (3rd edition: pages 64-105) OR (Workbook 4th edition: pages 76-131)

Week 5: The Fallacy Detective, Generalizations: Statistical Fallacies - (3rd edition: pages 108-146) OR (Workbook 4th edition: pages 134-185)

Week 6: The Fallacy Detective, Jumping Off the Bandwagon: Identifying propaganda, (3rd edition: pages 149-182) OR (Workbook 4th edition: pages 188-224)

Week 7: Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis, Ch. 1 - 4;  Is it easy to be deceived by propaganda?

Week 8: Twelve Angry Men by Reginald Rose – Prove it! Making solid arguments

Week 9: Ruddigore (partial selection) by Sir William Schwenk Gilbert – The Secret Formula: Strong Syllogisms

Week 10Tricks of the Trade (no reading) – Enthymemes, dilemmas, and the square of opposition

Week 11: Julius Caesar (partial selection) by William Shakespeare – The Art of Rhetoric: Making your argument clear and persuasive

Week 12: Emma (partial selection) by Jane Austen – On the Other Hand: Working with opposing viewpoints

Week 13: Mini Debates (no reading) – Reasoning in action

Week 14: The Meno by Plato Applying logic to your life