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"The laws of valid reasoning may easily be learned in the schools, but the truth of propositions must be inquired into in the sacred books of the Church."
                                                                                                    
                                                                                                    St. Augustine, On Christian Doctrine


What Dialectic is to Rhetoric, Logic is to Philosophy.  Logic is the key without which the study of Philosophy is a sealed vault--and over the past three centuries, this vault has been sealed very securely.  School men of the past could not have imagined an education that did not include the art of Logic, yet God has given us the opportunity to overcome this present dark age.

 

Few are aware that the "Scientific Method" was originally drafted by Francis Bacon in 1620 as the "New" Method.  It was a revolution in human thought that suggested that the art of Logic be abandoned as the way of truth-seeking.  In his rejection of the Catholic faith, Bacon argued that Logic, in the hands of the Scholastics (e.g., St. Albert the Great, St. Thomas Aquinas), was merely a tool for confirming errors and superstitions.   It should not surprise us that this revolution took place in the same age as the Protestant Reformation.

 

Thus, if you are a Catholic who wonders what it is that distinguishes our generation of Catholic irrelevance and liberalism from those generations of Catholic conquest and tradition that mark the middle ages, you can find it here.  As we restore Logic to its deserved place among the chief of our studies, we will see order restored.

 

Go deeper:  To read St. Augustine's explanation of the logical arts, read chapters 31-37 of Book II in On Christian Doctrine.  Read it here.

 
THE DOCTORS' SECRET
 
We cannot pretend to admire the Doctors of the Church while neglecting the study of Logic.  It was the art of Logic, guided by the light of the Holy Catholic Church, that established the depths of Christian learning we take for granted today.  By embracing modern methods of investigation we indirectly approve of the attacks on the Doctors that led to the abandonment of their traditional methods.  We can restore our intellectual communion through the study and use of classical Logic.

COURSE OVERVIEW


 

Logic is not merely the "art of Reason" as many suggest.  Reason is of two kinds:  Dialectical and Demonstrative.  Dialectical reasoning is concerned with showing others, through strategic dialog, that their opinions are not satisfactory answers to whatever question is at hand.  Demonstrative reasoning takes no thought of the opinions of others, but of absolute truth itself, or self-evident propositions, by which we may answer purely philosophical or theological questions.  Thus, Dialectic is studied before Rhetoric, as it pertains to opinions and debate.  Logic is studied before Philosophy as it pertains to the quest for truth.  The first year of Philosophy consists of the study of Logic in the Organon of Aristotle.

 

COURSE AVAILABILITY



Logic is studied in the first year of Philosophy.  As CLAA students currently make their way through the classical liberal arts curriculum in preparation for the study of Philosophy, we will be making this course available to students upon demand.  The first students are expected to begin Classical Logic in 2010-12. 

 

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