PHIL-545 – Material Logic

Instructor: Martin Cothran
Term: July 16 – August 13, 2024 (five sessions) 
Time: Tuesdays, 5:00 – 7:00 PM ET 
Credits: Elective | 1 credit

  • For Credit: $250
  • No Credit (Audit): $100

This five-week introduction will cover the basics of the Aristotelian system of material logic. It is ideal for teachers or students using or intending to use Martin Cothran’s Material Logic, as well as students or non-professionals interested in learning the “other branch” of logic. While formal logic of the kind studied in the Traditional Logic texts explains the structure of reasoning, material logic is focused on the nature and content of reasoning. Students will discuss the metaphysical basis of logic, the ten ways something can exist (the “Ten Categories”), the five kinds of categorical statements (the “Five Predicables”), the four methods of defining something (the “Four Causes”), and the two ways to divide an idea (basically, how to outline). The course can serve as a study of the logical aspect of language or as an introduction to Aristotelian and scholastic philosophy.

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