Learn to Think Logically and Avoid Media Manipulation

Logic I - Informal  

Instructor:  Mr. Eric Cummings 
E-mail: somedaysomewhere@gmail.com
Phone: 708-954-7121

Course Description

Informal logic is logic in action in the real world -- the messy, and sometimes convoluted, syllogisms of everyday speech and writing.  Rhyme & Reason by Peter Roise helps the student grapple with these challenges and avoid the danger of studying formal logic in isolation.  Instead of producing great thinkers, logic without context may well produce those who think they know how to think, but don't. They're experts at rarified reason, while the meaning and subtleties of the argument they're analyzing is completely lost to them. 

Our logic sequence features two improvements over deficiencies of traditional logic courses. First, it starts with the study of inductive reasoning (from particular to general), which is at least as common as deductive reasoning.  But it's often excluded from junior high and high school logic courses. 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.

  • Tuition:    $275 Premier   OR   Tuition:     $25 Basic
  • Mode:      Synchronous            Mode:      Self-taught
  • Offered:   Fall                           Offered:   Fall or Spring
  • Textbook: See above               Textbook:  See above



Logic 2 - Formal  

Instructor:  Mr. Eric Cummings 
E-mail: somedaysomewhere@gmail.com
Phone: 708-954-7121

Course Description

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. 

Logic 2 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.

  • Tuition:    $275 Premier   
  • Mode:      aynchronous            
  • Offered:   Fall                           
  • Textbook: See above