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Practical Logic 1: Basic, self-taught
Cost: $25.00

This logic course is best categorized as "Practical." The focus is on logic in practice, or logic as we find and use it in the real world. This means starting with the messy, and at times convoluted, syllogisms of everyday speech and writing. If a course does not grapple with these difficulties there is a danger that the study of logic, rather than producing great thinkers, will produce those who think they know how to think, but don't. They will become experts at rarified reason, while a real concern for the meaning and subtleties of the argumentation they are analyzing remains completely beyond them. Practical logic is a challenge, but it is a necessary challenge if the study of logic is to be truly profitable.

Although traditional logic is of great value, there are certain deficiencies in the way it is sometimes taught at the junior-high and high school levels. The logic sequence incorporates two improvements over traditional logic courses. First, it includes the study of inductive reasoning. Inductive reasoning (or reasoning from the particular to the general) is at least as common as deductive reasoning, but it is often excluded in logic courses designed for junior-high and high school. Without studying induction, however, a student's view of logic will not be well-rounded. Second, you'll learn to recognize and refute 17 of the most common logical fallacies that crop up every day in the media.

  • Stage of Trivium: Grammar
  • Mode of Instruction: Self
  • Suggested Grade Level: 7th grade
  • Offered: Self-paced
  • Required Textbooks: Rhyme and Reason by Peter Roise
Practical Logic 1: Premier
Cost: $230.00
  • This logic course is best categorized as "Practical." The focus is on logic in practice, or logic as we find and use it in the real world. This means starting with the messy, and at times convoluted, syllogisms of everyday speech and writing. If a course does not grapple with these difficulties there is a danger that the study of logic, rather than producing great thinkers, will produce those who think they know how to think, but don't. They will become experts at rarified reason, while a real concern for the meaning and subtleties of the argumentation they are analyzing remains completely beyond them. Practical logic is a challenge, but it is a necessary challenge if the study of logic is to be truly profitable.

    Although traditional logic is of great value, there are certain deficiencies in the way it is sometimes taught at the junior-high and high school levels. The logic sequence incorporates two improvements over traditional logic courses. First, it includes the study of inductive reasoning. Inductive reasoning (or reasoning from the particular to the general) is at least as common as deductive reasoning, but it is often excluded in logic courses designed for junior-high and high school. Without studying induction, however, a student's view of logic will not be well-rounded. Second, you'll learn to recognize and refute 17 of the most common logical fallacies that crop up every day in the media.

  • Stage of Trivium: Grammar
  • Mode of Instruction: Synchronous
  • Suggested Grade Level: 7th grade
  • Offered: See Schedule under Getting Started tab on home page
  • Optional Textbooks: Rhyme and Reason by Peter Roise
Symbolic Logic 1: Premier

The second improvement introduced by the King's Way Classical Academy logic sequence is also in the interest of turning logic into a tool that is practical for everyday use. Categorical and propositional logic (the usual topics of traditional logic at these grade levels) are primarily systems of representation and analysis; in other words, they turn language into symbols that can be analyzed according to certain set forms. While this kind of activity is an inescapable part of the study of logic, sometimes the jump from speech to symbol is made too quickly, and forces language into symbols that imperfectly reflect the actual meaning. This course presents a system for dealing with logic in language that tries, as much as possible, to leave the language as it appears naturally and still provide the student with a helpful and consistent analysis of the argumentation. It is a kind of in-between system--not the same as merely considering reasoning in language without any system or symbols, but not as rigid or extensive a system as those of categorical or propositional logic.

Far from despising traditional logic, we must study the systems set forth by the pagans and recognize anything in them that is true and good, taking it as gold from the Egyptians. On the other hand, this course sets forth a positive biblical perspective on reasoning, as contrasted with autonomous and pagan perspectives that turn human reason into an idol. We must take this discipline captive to Christ. That means keeping what is good, and yet remaining ready to change or reject anything that is contrary to Him.

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  • Stage of Trivium: Dialectic
  • Mode of Instruction: Synchronous
  • Suggested Grade Level: 9th grade
  • Offered: See Schedule under Getting Started tab on the home page
  • Required Textbooks: Rhyme and Reason by Peter Roise
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