In this tuition-free class taught by Dr. Gary Hartenburg, students will continue working through Socratic Logic, by Peter Kreeft, which presents the complete system of classical Aristotelian logic, the natural logic of the four language arts (reading, writing, speaking, and listening). Students will practice interpreting ordinary language, analyzing and also constructing effective arguments, smoking out hidden assumptions, making “argument maps,” and using Socratic method in various circumstances. Exercises in the text expose students to many classical quotations, and additional chapters introduce philosophical issues in a Socratic manner and from a commonsense, realistic point of view. This course prepares students for reading Great Books and models Socrates as the beginner’s ideal teacher and philosopher. Student should expect to spend half an hour to an hour each week completing assigned homework.
Prerequisite: Students must have completed the BHSC spring 2020 Logic class or have special permission.
There is no fee for continuing students who already have the text. For new students joining with permission, families can purchase the book on their own, or pay $38 supplies fee.
All students will also need to secure a three-ring notebook, lined paper, pens/pencils, and erasers.