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CCH’s Online Catalog: Logic - Grades 7-9

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June 2001

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Logic: Grades 7-9



Using the Online Catalog


Option 1: Traditional Logic
For 7th-9th grades, or any beginning Logic student. Designed for home, private, or cottage schools, Traditional Logic is self-contained -- an experienced teacher is not necessary.

Option 2: Mars Hill Logic
For 7th-9th grades, or any beginning Logic student. Designed for private schools, the Mars Hill Logic series is the pioneer in the field for logic study in secondary education.

Option 3: Online Logic Tutorial
For 7th-9th grades, or any beginning Latin student. The Online Logic Tutorial with Oxford Tutorial Service provides an experienced instructor and uses the Mars Hill texts.

Option 4: Gordon Clark’s Logic
For 7th-9th grades, or any beginning Logic student. Dr. Clark, a phenomenal expert in both Logic and Philosophy, presents a uniquely Biblical introduction to the study of Logic.

Advanced Logic Resources
For any advanced Logic student who has completed one of the courses listed above. Advanced Logic is not necessary, but helpful for those who wish to continue their studies.


Traditional Logic

Traditional Logic: An
    Introduction to Formal LogicTraditional Logic
Martin Cothran

For 7th-9th grades, or any beginning Logic student. This wonderful new Logic text by Martin Cothran of Memoria Press tackles the subject of logic methodically and logically, and contains the most clearly written and simplest explanations I have found. Traditional Logic Book I: An Introduction to Formal Logic, covers Simple Apprehension and Terms, Judgment and Propositions, and Deductive Inference and Syllogisms. Traditional Logic Book II: Advanced Formal Logic, covers Figure, Mood, and Reduction of Simple Syllogisms, Analyzing Arguments in Ordinary Language, Hypothetical Syllogisms, Complex Syllogisms, and the Logic of Relations. It also analyzes arguments in ordinary language from Descartes, Plato, C. S. Lewis, the Bible, Seneca, Shakespeare, Aquinas, Hume, and John Cassian. The 15 to 17 chapters in each book can be completed in one semester, or one year at a bit slower pace. This text is CCH’s top choice for a Logic program (other than an online tutorial).

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Mars Hill Logic

Introductory and Intermediate LogicIntroductory and Intermediate Logic
Douglas Wilson and James Nance

For 7th-9th grades, or any beginning Logic student. The Mars Hill Logic texts have been the only logic accessible to junior high and high school students for nearly ten years. Introductory Logic explains statements and their relationships, standard catagorical statements, the square of opposition, syllogisms and validity, arguments in normal English, translating arguments into standard form, enthymemes, and informal fallacies. Introductory Logic can be covered in one semester with an experienced teacher or motivated students, or one year with all others (recommended). An Introductory Logic: Teacher’s Key is also available. Intermediate Logic covers definitions, propositional logic, negation, conjunction and disjunction, truth tables, formal proofs of validity, rules of inference, developing formal proofs, and truth trees. It is a challenging course that motivated students can work through in one semester with diligence and concentration, or in one year taking a little more time to thoroughly digest the contents (recommended). An Intermediate Logic: Teacher’s Key is also available.


Online Logic Tutorial

Oxford Tutorial Service: LogicOxford Tutorial Service: Logic
Dr. Norman J. Lund, tutor

For 7th-9th grades, or any beginning Logic student. The online Logic tutorial uses the Mars Hill Logic texts, and covers Introductory Logic in the first semester, and Intermediate Logic in the second semester. The Logic Tutorial includes reading and discussing the texts in class and working the exercises in the texts, which gives ample opportunity to practice applying the principles of logic to arguments found in Scripture, newspapers, advertising, famous speeches, scientific propositions, etc. Dr. Norman Lund is a highly qualified instructor. Due to the pace of the course and the content, especially in the second semester, this course is best for motivated students thirteen years old and up, and it helps greatly to have had, or be taking, Algebra I.


Gordon Clark’s Logic

LogicLogic
Dr. Gordon H. Clark

For 8th-9th grades and up. This highly sought after Logic text is published by The Trinity Foundation. “Written as a textbook for Christian schools, Logic is another unique book from Clark’s pen. His presentation of the laws of thought, which must be followed if Scripture is to be understood correctly, and which are found in Scripture itself, is both clear and thorough. Logic is an indispensable book for the thinking Christian.” --The Publisher. The explanations are clear and easily understandable by beginners. Clark is an expert in both Logic and Philosophy, and his text, replete with Biblical examples and exercises in logic, is an excellent and meaty introduction. Chapters include: Why Study Logic; Definition of Logic; Informal Fallacies; Definition; Beginning of Formal Logic; Immediate Inference; Syllogism-Diagrams; Syllogism-Deductions and Rules; Historical Remarks; Other Forms of Argument; Truth Tables; The Deduction of the Syllogism; Postscript: God and Logic. Besides the regular index, there is a glossary and Scripture index. Trinity has also produced a companion Logic Workbook with additional exercises for each chapter.


Advanced Logic Resources

Logic: The Right
    Use of Reason in the Inquiry After TruthLogic: The Right Use of Reason in the Inquiry After Truth
Isaac Watts

For any advanced Logic student. This work on logic and reason by Isaac Watts (known primarily for his genius as a writer of hymns, but unfortunately unknown for his skills as a theologian) was a standard textbook at both Oxford and Cambridge, as well as the American colonies, for over 200 years. “In our day, common sense is not very common and clear thinking is not very clear. This book will help discipline the mind and train the reader to discern proper thinking and argumentation in seeking truth.” --The Publisher. The text discusses the nature of ideas, of the objects of perception, of the several sorts of perception or ideas, of words and their several divisions, general directions relating to ideas, special rules to direct our conception of things, of the nature of the proposition, various kinds of propositions, the springs of false judgment, general directions to assist in judging aright, special rules to direct in judging particular objects, of the nature of the syllogism, of the various kinds of syllogisms, the doctrine of syllogisms, general rules to direct our reasoning, and of disposition and method. The language style is challenging. Isaac Watts wrote a second text designed to be studied after Logic: The Improvement of the Mind: A Supplement to Logic.


Introduction to LogicIntroduction to Logic
Irving M. Copi and Carl Cohen

For any advanced Logic student. Copi and Cohen’s Introduction to Logic is a complete treatment of introductory logic, both deductive and inductive, both classical and modern. It is the standard text in logic today used in colleges--the paradigm of clarity and accuracy. This text enables all students to understand, recognize, and apply classical syllogistic logic and the more powerful techniques of modern symbolic logic. Lively argumentative excerpts from politics, philosophy, science, and contemporary controversies bring substance and life to the study of logic--demonstrating the application of logical principles by serious writers and thinkers trying to solve real problems. Arguments excerpted as illustrations and as exercise material include examples of fallacies to show students how arguments go wrong when logical principles are ignored or misapplied. A few examples of argumentative reasoning were constructed for the book to demonstrate principles; however, it is the wealth of current, up-to-date examples selected from actual texts representing many fields of interest that set this book apart.


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