Item description for Traditional Logic 1: Introduction To Formal Logic by Martin Cothran...
Overview An introductory and systematic course in formal logic that presents the concepts and methodology in a clear, concise, and organized way. If the course presentation and layout is a reflection of a very logical mind, and Martin Cothran wrote and laid out the course, then Martin Cothran has a very logical mind. While this may or may not be true, it is, nonetheless, a valid argument. Written specifically for the home school environment, and for use by a teacher with no previous experience in formal logic, it seems a good candidate for a self-instructional course (provided you can offer help as needed). You will want to read the author's notes in the front, as he suggests an alternate route through the book if students have trouble with the abstract concepts presented in the first three chapters. The author's targeted grade level is high school, but it may be used with "advanced" 7th and 8th graders or adults as well. If you are using the classical approach with your children, they will probably be ready for this course in junior high. Two levels of the course are available. Book I contains 14 chapters plus an introduction in the course, each with short, daily lessons. The introduction provides an excellent background of logic as a methodology and science, and defines key concepts used in logic. It is really part of the course, not just a preface. The following chapters introduce and provide both the mental and verbal aspects of Terms (chapters 1-3), Propositions (chapters 4-9), and Syllogisms (chapters 10-14). Each chapter is logically laid out for a clear presentation and to aid student understanding. An introduction presents the topic of the chapter. Headings throughout the text reveal the main points to be covered. Helpful sidebars highlight important definitions and concepts to remember. Diagrams provide a visual illustration of concepts. A conclusion at the end of each chapter summarizes the content, wrapping up the text. Following this are four daily exercise sets. You will probably want your child to look at the exercise instructions first, as they also contain the reading plan for each day. Book II is to be used only after completing Book I. It features a similar format, but also includes optional writing assignments to allow logic to be integrated with history, Bible, or English. Also, more real-life, contemporary examples of arguments are included. Case studies are also incorporated, to show the relevance of logic in history, literature, religion, an
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Studio: Memoria Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 8.5" Height: 10.5" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2000
Publisher Memoria Press
Grade Level Multiple Grades
Edition Student/Stdy Gde
ISBN 1930953100 ISBN13 9781930953109
Reviews - What do customers think about Traditional Logic 1: Introduction To Formal Logic?
Mentally Challenging Nov 11, 2004
In spite of the annoying typos, I enjoyed thinking through this book and its sequel Advanced Logic. My two daughters had used the book earlier, and I ran into an oblique syllogism while writing that I wanted to double-check before I led any young minds astray with faulty reasoning. I wound up starting at the beginning with book one and working my way through to oblique syllogisms which appear at the end of Advanced Logic. I would recommend both books for high school but not for self-study until later in life. My specific intent was to use logic to improve my writing and that is an excellent reason for introducing high schoolers to the book. Before writing something intelligent, the writer must have something in mind. The more precise, the better for the reader and the writer. If the writer cannot think clearly, she cannot write clearly. I stress this idea with all of my writing students. Formal logical thinking is one method of organizing and detailing one's writing. Each method has its place, but a knowledge of formal logic will sharpen one's ability to think and write coherently. Work slowly through the books with lots of oral discussion and do not skip the writing assignments. Yes, they are laborious, but deep thinking is worth the effort. A slow approach will set the material in mind because the early knowledge blooms in the later chapters.