Logic II/Rhetoric I
February 3 – June 14
All times EST
LOGIC II -> 2:30-3:30PM EST Wednesday
RHETORIC I -> 1-2PM EST Thursday
Logic I or permission of the instructor. If you or your child have taken an introduction to logic already, please feel free to email the instructor at firstname.lastname@example.org to see whether this course is suitable for you. The student who takes this class should be at least fourteen years of age (i.e., Freshman in High School).
This course is actually two courses combined into one.
In this course, students will continue their study of logic and begin to learn rhetoric. Here, someone might ask: isn’t rhetoric manipulative? Why would we want to teach rhetoric to an Orthodox Christian? To this, we need to look to the Church Fathers. To name but a few, Saint Basil the Great, Saint Gregory the Theologian, Saint John Chrysostom, all studied and made regular use of rhetoric. Simply put, rhetoric is the art of persuasion.
This will be a multi-faceted course.
First, we will concern ourselves with what the Orthodox view of logic and rhetoric ought to be. We will consider examples from the Fathers of the Church, looking at their use of logic and rhetoric.
Second, with the mind of the Fathers as our foundation, we will use Aristotle’s Rhetoric as the intellectual structure for our course. Through a serious reading of Aristotle’s text, students will accomplish several tasks as follows:
1. Through Aristotle’s book on rhetoric, they will be introduced to the study of rhetoric and its various uses.
2. Through our analysis of the text, students will learn how to approach a difficult text analytically. We will use Memoria Press’ Classical Rhetoric textbook as an aid in our study of Aristotle.
Third, students will learn to make regular reading, writing, and discussion a part of life. Each day, they will need to read, think, and write, if only for an hour or so. This is crucial; the mark of the educated person to be able think logically, read well, and communicate persuasively.
As mentioned above, this course is actually two courses combined a single course.
- Traditional Logic II, Martin Cothran, published by Memoria Press (Students will need to purchase both text and the workbook from memoriapress.com.)
- Classical Rhetoric, Martin Cothran, published by Memoria Press.
- Aristotle’s Rhetoric (with instructor commentary) in both text format and audio format. I will provide this free of charge.
- Additional materials to be provided by the instructor.
Two classes will be held each week in real-time, using the Zoom web-conferencing system. In addition, video lessons will be sent out throughout the week. Students will be expected to watch these lessons each week, completing any activities sent out with the video. Additionally, we will hold regular study groups (just about weekly) to assist students in their preparation for tests, quizzes, and other forms of assessment.
- Students will have to complete almost daily reading assignments. To assist them in this, a recorded audio copy of Aristotle’s Rhetoric with commentary from Father John will be provided. Students will need to complete regular assignments to accompany their reading.
- Students will have regular quizzes drawing on material from both the logic and rhetoric reading material.
- There will be no tests.
- There will be essays and various oral presentations.
- The number and frequency of assignments may be adjusted at the instructor’s discretion to accommodate variations in student progress.