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PHIL 1252 Practical Logic (Summer: 3 )


Course Description

A course not in the "new logic" (symbolic, or mathematical, logic) but in the "old logic" (ordinary language logic) invented by Aristotle and used for 2300 years in all the humanities. Includes such topics as definition, contradiction, syllogisms, implied premises, induction, and analogy. The course includes the commonsensical philosophical bases for this logic and also many practical applications to reading, interpreting, evaluating, and inventing arguments, especially in dialogs. Weekly quizzes, extra credit opportunities, and a take-home final exam. Texts: (1) SOCRATIC LOGIC, (2) THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE, (3) SUMMA PHILOSOPHICA (all 3 titles by Peter Kreeft)


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Last Updated: 23-Feb-15