Material Logic

February 18, 2011
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Material Logic

Content: Logic
Grade(s): 9-12
Perspective: Christian
Prep Time: Minimal
Teacher Manual: Available
Teacher Involvement: Moderate
Cost: $$ || ?
Pages: 224
Publication Date: 2004

Common Core Aligned: No

From Memoria Press’ website:

When most people think of logic, they think of formal logic—the study of the structure or form of reasoning. But what most educators don’t realize is that formal logic is only one part of a complete logic program. The other branch of logic study was called “material logic,” and focused not on the form of reasoning, but on its content. In short, while formal logic studied the “how” of reasoning, material logic studied the “what.”

The principles of material logic, an important part of trivium language study, are now almost forgotten—a casualty of the almost exclusive modern secular emphasis on math and sciences. Formal logic was once termed minor (or lesser) logic, while material logic usually went by the name of major (or greater) logic—a measure of how important classical thinkers considered them.

With the publication of Material Logic: A Traditional Approach to Thinking Skills, these ancient techniques are a lost art no more. Whether you want a follow-on course to Memoria Press’ popular Traditional Logic program, or simply an introductory thinking skills course for high school grades, this new addition to Memoria Press’ widely acclaimed Classical Trivium Core Series is a valuable tool in teaching your student to think.

Material Logic can be used as either a one-semester or one-year course. Consumable.


* The TEN ways in which something can exist
* The FIVE ways you can say something about something else
* The FOUR Questions you must answer in order to know what something is
* Analyses of famous essays by St. Thomas Aquinas, Hillaire Belloc, and Sir Francis Bacon

About the Author:
Martin Cothran received his education at The University of California Santa Barbara (B.A. Philosophy and Economics) and Simon Greenleaf University (MA Christian Apologetics). Mr. Cothran teaches the Senior Seminar and is the Director of the Classical Latin School Association.

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