Introduction to Logic, Argument, and Fallacy
SUMMER CLASS 2021
Dates: August 2-28 James Goode
Mtg. Days: M, T, W
Mtg. Time (Pacific Time): 9:00-9:50 AM
This course will provide a (very!) brief introduction to the basic tools of reasoning. Students will apprentice in the science and art called, since the days of the Greeks, “logic;” with an emphasis on using it to argue well. We will examine what logic is, and its three great fundamental laws. We will then take a look at the vital importance of definitions in an argument. After learning the difference between validity and truth, we will spend the remainder of the class going through various logical fallacies that can trip up an argument, particularly those of distraction, ambiguity, and form.
Course Texts: The Amazing Dr. Ransom’s Bestiary of Adorable Fallacies by Douglas and N.D. Wilson