Symbolic Logic

Symbolic Logic

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There are three main reasons to learn Symbolic Logic:

1) Clarification of Thought

Logic, while built in to the human mind, can be used imperfectly when students are not thorough and exact in their reasoning.  Symbolic logic serves not only to give students a fool-proof way to organize their own thinking but also a sure progression in their ability to think clearly in their daily lives.

2) Thorough Critique of Arguments Received

Students in modern America are bombarded with messages from every angle.  Those who cannot clearly recognize and analyze these messages will inevitably begin to hold conflicting truths about any given subject.  Anyone who wishes to be understanding in the area of philosophy (including science, ethics, language, etc.) must first master the ability to think clearly; symbolic logic is the first step in that journey.

3) Thinking about Thinking

Many people live their entire lives with hardly a thought towards what it means to think clearly – lives, I daresay, which have missed a critical part of what it means to be human.  Students who learn to think about the very nature of their own thought process are students who often begin to question other parts of their own nature.  Indeed, logic is a natural starting point for queries into science, epistemology, ethics, and others, in that it encourages students to not merely absorb what they are told but to critically analyze every area of their life.

Logic is made up of three parts: premises, arguments, and conclusions.

The Overall Goal

My goal in teaching logic is to teach all of these parts intentionally.  Every student has questions, and logic is really the only means to ascertain answers.  By learning logic, we learn how to frame our questions, along with our current knowledge, to best seek out new answers; this, in turn, leads directly into every other subject.

Going Deep

I teach logic like I teach every subject: as deeply as possible and as slowly as needed. I find that those who rush to progress quickly tend to end up stalling later and having to backtrack, which is ultimately a slower journey.  Logic, more than any other subject, is one that is easily conquered when taken one concrete step at a time, so I work to ensure a complete understanding at every step.

Having Fun

However, I do not confuse deep with boring.  Quite the opposite, in fact – I intentionally aim to make lessons fun! We laugh, we make jokes, we make fun of our mistakes.  Logic can be quite humorous, especially when looking at examples of mistaken logic, and I utilize that humor to the greatest extent that I can.

I currently teach Logic with several curricula:

The Right Book for the Right Student

The art of Logic can be confusing; it can be taught in many different approaches, and the age and personality of the student can be a large and important part of choosing which approach to use.  Rest assured, we will find a good fit for your student!

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No Strings Attached

After experiencing the first free lesson, you are under no obligation to continue. Though, of course, I hope you’ll want to do so!

What We Will Accomplish

In the first hour, the main goal in symbolic logic is to teach students what logic really is – that is, the premise(s), the argument(s), and the conclusion(s) – and then to show them some simple examples so they can see that it’s both very useful and actually not as difficult as they might have thought.  From there, they will hopefully even realize it can be quite fun!

The Bottom Line

I would love to hear from you and see how I can help your student(s) learn.  I can come to your home (especially if you’re near Osceola, WI or Anoka, MN) at a time that works for you and see how we can work together. You can send me a message here: Contact Me.