CATEGORY: Dialectic

Logic 201 – Informal

Course Access: Lifetime
Course Overview

Logic 20I – Informal  

Instructor:  Mr. Eric Cummings 
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 &
 (provided online) 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 lost to them.

Our logic sequence features two
improvements over deficiencies of traditional logic courses. First, it starts
with the study of inductive reasoning (particular to general), which is at
least as common as deductive reasoning.  But it’s often excluded from
school logic courses. Without studying
induction, however,
our view of logic
will not be well-rounded.

Second you’ll learn to recognize
the most common logical fallacies that 
daily in the media with assistance of our
supplementary text: 
With Good Reason: An Introduction to
Informal Fallacies
 by Engel (purchase required).  Some
lists contain over 200 such informal fallacies,
but we’ll focus on about 25-30 of the most common.

  • Tuition:    $275 Premier   OR   Tuition:       $25 Basic
  • Grade:      7-8                           Grade:        7-8 
  • Mode:      Synchronous            Mode:        Self-taught
  • Offered:   Fall                           Offered:     Fall or Spring
  • Textbook: See above               Textbook:  See above