Lesson 2: Logic as a Core Discipline

In this session Joelle Hodge introduces the art of formal logic, addresses the role that logic plays as a core discipline, and offers several compelling reasons for studying logic.

Recommended Reading

Supplemental Discovery of Deduction resource: Assessments, Quizzes and Extra Practice (PDF) from Classical Academic Press.

Outline of Session

The Role of Logic as a Core Discipline: Why Study Logic?
As an Isolated Discipline, and in Relationship to the Classical Sequence

I. Beyond the Textbook

IA. Training students to apply formal logic outside the covers of the textbook
IA1. Syllogisms: the foundation to written and oral communication skills
IA1a. Persuasive discourse begins and ends with the thesis statement
IA1b. Developing outlines
IA1c. Foundational to the study of rhetoric
IA2. DeMorgan and Boole in the twenty-first century
IA3. Politics, theology, philosophy, social issues, being part of the global conversation

II. Approaching The Discovery of Deduction
IIA. Introductory material
IIB. The core of the text
IIC. Terms and definitions
IID. End-of-year project
IIE. How to incorporate the deduction in action sequences; extra practice, assessments, and quizzes

Discussion Questions

I. Beyond the Textbook
(1) What is the nature of academic argumentation?
(2) What is a thesis statement?
(3) How does a student learn to make accurate statements and craft a persuasive argument?
(4) Why is Aristotelian logic the indispensable link between grammar and rhetoric?
(5) In what ways is a study of logic foundational not only to academic discourse, but also to developing a twenty-first-century worldview?

II. Approaching the Discovery of Deduction
Why is it necessary to approach The Discovery of Deduction with the larger picture in mind?

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