Logic Tutorial

    Everyone thinks, but not everyone thinks clearly. Everyone makes arguments, but not always validly. Aristotle points out that all people use the arts of logic and rhetoric in all their thinking and speaking, but some do so randomly, while others study the principles behind these two basic mental arts and apply them systematically. Obviously, the second is better. And Augustine reminds us that the rules concerning logic are not arbitrary and man made, but descriptions of the way the mind naturally thinks, correctly or incorrectly, as God has created it; and these descriptions, once we learn them, help us to identify the errors and inaccuracies in what we and others think and say. This is valuable training for the mind, it teaches the student to carefully analyze the arguments in the books he studies, and it is a protection against deception, especially in the news media and the political and theological arenas. 

    The  Logic Tutorial will include reading and discussing the texts in class and working the exercises in the texts which include a great deal of practice in applying the principles of logic to arguments found in Scripture, newspapers, advertising, famous speeches, scientific propositions, etc.

    This course is best for students about thirteen years old and up, and it helps greatly to have had, or be taking, algebra I.

    I strongly recommend purchasing the exercise keys listed below--the parents should use this to assist the student when necessary and to help establish a grade if one is needed for the course.

    Required Texts:

    1. Introductory Logic, Third Edition, by Douglas Wilson and James B. Nance.
    2. Exercise Key to Introductory Logic
    3. Intermediate Logic, by James B. Nance.
    4. Exercise Key to Intermediate Logic

    All four books are available from Canon Press (althought most books are shipped within days, some may take several weeks. Books should be ordered as soon as possible after registration to avoid shipping delays)

    Register for Logic Tutorial

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