Formal Logic

“You can only find truth with logic if you have already found truth without it.”
GK Chesterton

Seventh and eighth graders at St. William of York Catholic School study “Formal Logic” once or twice a week. This two year course, integrated in our Language Arts program, is all about the study of the classical syllogism, training the mind to respect truth: that it exists, it can be comprehended, and it ought to be defended.

Simply defined as the “science of right thinking,” Jacques Maritain goes further to call it “the art which enables us to proceed with order, ease, and correctness in the act of reason itself.”

We call it “Formal” logic as distinct from “Material” logic as we focus more on the structure of reasoning than the content.

We utilize resources for this program as we do for our Latin program from Memoria Press: www.memoriapress.com.

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