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Course Number: PHL 525
Course Title: Logic
Term: Fall 2014

Professor

Dr. Philippe Yates

pyates@holyapostles.com

1. Course Description

This course introduces the basic structures of sound thinking, analytic reading, and the evaluation of arguments, achieving the latter through practice in Aristotelian logic and examination of the three acts of the mind in Aristotelian-Thomistic philosophy. Can be taken for undergraduate or graduate credit.

2. Envisioned Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate an ability to analyze and present logical arguments.
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to spot and analyze fallacies in the arguments of others.
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to apply the lessons of logic to other disciplines.

3. Course Schedule

Week 1: Overview

Lectures

  • Overview Kreeft 1-46

Readings

  • Kreeft, Socratic Logic, p. 1-46.

     Assignments

  • Quiz 1

Week 2: Terms and Predicables

Lectures

  • Terms and Predicables

Readings

  • Kreeft, Socratic Logic, p. 47-67
  • Exercises on Kreeft, Socratic Logic, p. 49, 51, 52, 53, 61.

Assignments

  • Quiz 2

Week 3: Material Fallacies I

Lectures

  • Material Fallacies IA
  • Material Fallacies IB

Readings

  • Kreeft, Socratic Logic, p. 68-91.
  • Examples of Material Fallacies
  • Exercises on Kreeft, Socratic Logic, p. 72-73, 75 and 82-83.

Assignments

  • Find examples of two material fallacies from this week's reading in the media.

Week 4: Material Fallacies II

Lectures

  • Material Fallacies II

Readings

  • Kreeft, Socratic Logic, p. 92-113.

Assignments

  • Find examples of two material fallacies from this week's reading in the media.

Week 5: Definitions and Propositions

Lectures

  • Definitions and Propositions

Readings

  • Kreeft, Socratic Logic, p. 123-143.
  • Exercises from p. 130-137

Assignments

  • Quiz 3

Week 6: Propositions and Distribution

Lectures

  • Propositions and Distribution

Readings

  • Kreeft, Socratic Logic, p. 145-165.

Assignments

  • Quiz 4

Week 7: Changing Propositions

Lectures

  • Changing Propositions

Readings

  • Kreeft, Socratic Logic, p. 166-172
  • Exercises from Kreeft, Socratic Logic, p. 171-172.

Assignments

  • Quiz 5

Week 8: Contradiction

Lectures

  • Square of Opposition

Readings

  • Kreeft, Socratic Logic, p. 173-186.
  • Exercises from Kreeft, Socratic Logic, p. 173-186.

Assignments

  • Quiz 6

Week 9: Third Act of the Mind

Lectures

  • Third Act of the MInd

Readings

  • Kreeft, Socratic Logic, p. 186-214
  • Exercises from Kreeft, Socratic Logic, p. 199

Assignments

  • Mid-Term Exams

Week 10: Syllogisms

Lectures

  • Syllogisms

Readings

  • Kreeft, Socratic Logic, p. 215-236
  • Exercises from Kreeft, Socratic Logic, p. 219, 234-236

Assignments

  • Quiz 7

Week 11: Evaluating Syllogisms I

Lectures

  • Evaluating Syllogisms I

Readings

  • Kreeft, Socratic Logic, p. 237-257.

Assignments

  • Quiz 8

Week 12: Rules and Patterns for Testing Syllogisms

Lectures

  • Evaluating Syllogisms II

Readings

  • Rules and Patterns for Testing Syllogisms
  • Kreeft, Socratic Logic, p. 257-263

Assignments

  • Quiz 9

Week 13: More Difficult Syllogisms

Lectures

  • More Difficult Syllogisms

Readings

  • Kreeft, Socratic Logic, p. 264-288.
  • Exercises from Kreeft, Socratic Logic, p. 271-275.

Assignments

  • Quiz 10

Week 14: A Compound Syllogisms

Lectures

  • Compound Syllogisms

Readings

  • Kreeft, Socratic Logic, p. 289-312
  • Exercises from Kreeft, Socratic Logic, p. 299-301, 311-312

Assignments

  • Quiz 11

Week 15: A Induction

Lectures

  • Induction

Readings

  • Handouts on Inductive and Abductive Arguments
  • Kreeft, Socratic Logic, p. 313-335
  • Exercises from Kreeft, Socratic Logic, p. 317-319, 333-335.

Assignments

  • Final Exam

4a. COURSE REQUIREMENTS BA

  • Quizzes -  50%
  • Midterm Exam – 20%
  • Final Exam – 30%

5. REQUIRED READINGS and RESOURCES:

Socratic Logic: A Logic Text Using Socratic Method, Platonic Questions, and Aristotelian Principles, 3rd ed., Peter Kreeft (St. Augustine’s Press: 2008). ISBN: 1587318059.

6. SUGGESTED READINGS and RESOURCES:

Socratic Logic: A Logic Text Using Socratic Method, Platonic Questions, and Aristotelian Principles, 3rd ed., Peter Kreeft (St. Augustine’s Press: 2008). ISBN: 1587318059.

7. EVALUATION

(Basis of evaluation with explanation regarding the nature of the assignment and the percentage of the grade assigned to each item below). Students who have difficulty with research and composition are encouraged to pursue assistance with the Online Writing Lab (available at http://www.holyapostles.edu/owl).

GRADING SCALE:

A 94-100; A- 90-93; B+ 87-89; B 84-86; B- 80-83; C+ 77-79; C 74-76; C- 70-73 60-69; F 59 and below

GRADING RUBRIC FOR QUIZZES AND EXAMS

Quizzes and Exams

Each question in the quizzes and exams will be assigned a number of marks, if the question is simply either rightly answered or wrongly answered, then either all the marks will be allocated or none. Otherwise marks will be deducted for each error in the response.

Media Exercises

The examples found by the students will be graded on whether the example typifies the type of fallacy requested (80%) and on the correctness of the explanation of he nature of the fallacy (20%)

8. DISABILITIES ACCOMMODATIONS POLICY

Holy Apostles College & Seminary is committed to the goal of achieving equal educational opportunities and full participation in higher education for persons with disabilities who qualify for admission to the College. Students enrolled in online courses who have documented disabilities requiring special accommodations should contact Bob Mish, the Director of Online Student Affairs, at rmish@holyapostles.edu or 860-632-3015. In all cases, reasonable accommodations will be made to ensure that all students with disabilities have access to course materials in a mode in which they can receive them. Students who have technological limitations (e.g., slow Internet connection speeds in convents) are asked to notify their instructors the first week of class for alternative means of delivery.

9. ACADEMIC HONESTY POLICY

Students at Holy Apostles College & Seminary are expected to practice academic honesty.

Avoiding Plagiarism

In its broadest sense, plagiarism is using someone else's work or ideas, presented or claimed as your own.  At this stage in your academic career, you should be fully conscious of what it means to plagiarize. This is an inherently unethical activity because it entails the uncredited use of someone else's expression of ideas for another's personal advancement; that is, it entails the use of a person merely as a means to another person’s ends.

Students, where applicable:

  • Should identify the title, author, page number/webpage address, and publication date of works when directly quoting small portions of texts, articles, interviews, or websites.
  • Students should not copy more than two paragraphs from any source as a major component of papers or projects.
  • Should appropriately identify the source of information when paraphrasing (restating) ideas from texts, interviews, articles, or websites.
  • Should follow the Holy Apostles College & Seminary Stylesheet (available on the Online Writing Lab’s website at http://www.holyapostles.edu/owl/resources).

Consequences of Academic Dishonesty:

Because of the nature of this class, academic dishonesty is taken very seriously.  Students participating in academic dishonesty may be removed from the course and from the program.

10. ATTENDANCE POLICY

Even though you are not required to be logged in at any precise time or day, you are expected to login several times during each week. Because this class is being taught entirely in a technology-mediated forum, it is important to actively participate each week in the course. In a traditional classroom setting for a 3-credit course, students would be required, per the federal standards, to be in class three 50-minute sessions (or 2.5 hours a week) and prepare for class discussions six 50-minute sessions (or 5 hours) a week. Expect to devote at least nine 50-minute sessions (or 7.5 quality hours) a week to this course. A failure on the student’s part to actively participate in the life of the course may result in a reduction of the final grade.

11. INCOMPLETE POLICY

An Incomplete is a temporary grade assigned at the discretion of the faculty member. It is typically allowed in situations in which the student has satisfactorily completed major components of the course and has the ability to finish the remaining work without re-enrolling, but has encountered extenuating circumstances, such as illness, that prevent his or her doing so prior to the last day of class.

To request an incomplete, distance-learning students must first download a copy of the Incomplete Request Form. This document is located within the Shared folder of the Files tab in Populi. Secondly, students must fill in any necessary information directly within the PDF document. Lastly, students must send their form to their professor via email for approval. “Approval” should be understood as the professor responding to the student’s email in favor of granting the “Incomplete” status of the student.

Students receiving an Incomplete must submit the missing course work by the end of the sixth week following the semester in which they were enrolled. An incomplete grade (I) automatically turns into the grade of “F” if the course work is not completed.

Students who have completed little or no work are ineligible for an incomplete. Students who feel they are in danger of failing the course due to an inability to complete course assignments should withdraw from the course.

A “W” (Withdrawal) will appear on the student’s permanent record for any course dropped after the end of the first week of a semester to the end of the third week. A “WF” (Withdrawal/Fail) will appear on the student’s permanent record for any course dropped after the end of the third week of a semester and on or before the Friday before the last week of the semester.

12. ABOUT YOUR PROFESSOR

Dr. Philippe Yates studied philosophy at Franciscan International Study Centre in Canterbury, England and philosophy of law at St. Paul University, Ottawa, Canada. In addition to philosophy, he teaches Latin, canon law and church history. He lives in Olean NY with his wife Cookie and dog Pica.

He may be contacted at: pyates@holyapostles.edu

(860) 632-3010