Elementary Aristotelian-Thomistic Logic
Copyright © 2001, Joseph M.Magee

Dr. Joseph Magee - e-mail: JosephMagee@aol.com

Objective:

This course is designed to introduce students to Aristotelian logic. Attention will be paid to its application in real life argumentation and persuasive discourse, and to the use Saint Thomas Aquinas makes of it.

Course Contents:

  1. Introduction.
    1. Liberal Arts.
    2. Speculative Science.
    3. Acts of the Intellect.
  2. Simple Apprehension.
    1. Induction.
    2. Words and Signs.
    3. Predicables.
    4. Predicaments.
    5. Causes.
    6. Definition.
  3. Judgment.
    1. Propositions Themselves.
      1. Quality.
      2. Quanitity.
      3. Four Kinds of Propositions.
    2. Relations among Propositions.
      1. Conversion.
      2. Obversion.
      3. Opposition.
  4. Reasoning.
    1. Syllogisms.
      1. Categorical Syllogism.
        1. Figure.
        2. Mood.
        3. Rules for Valid Syllogisms.
        4. Reducing Syllogisms to the First Figure.
        5. Barbara Celarent.
        6. Enthymemes and  Sorites.
      2. Hypothetical Syllogism.
        1. Modus Ponens.
        2. Modus Tollens.
      3. Disjunctive Syllogism and Dilemmas.
    2. Fallacies.
      1. Linguistic.
      2. Non-linguistic.
  5. Analyzing Arguments.
    1. Demonstrative.
    2. Dialectical.
    3. Rhetorical.
    4. Literary.