This Philosophy course will be taught by Colin Redemer and Tim Jacobs, and will run from April 10 through June 17. The syllabus can be found here.
For Aristotle, logic is not an artificially constructed tool but the study of the intelligibility of the universe and principles of reality. It develops a system of rules and strategies for reasoning that underlie all other disciplines. The adoption of Aristotelian logic by theologians birthed medieval scholasticism and systematic theology, largely through its influence on Thomas Aquinas. In this third Aristotle seminar, we will study his Organon, the collection of his five works on logic. No prior study in Aristotle is necessary. This class will be a mix of lecture and guided discussion.
The study of logic was begun by Aristotle’s work The Categories. This work clarifies the way we use language to organize our thoughts about reality. His other works On Interpretation, Prior & Posterior Analytics, Topics, and On Sophistical Refutations explain proper deductive and inductive reasoning, logical fallacies, some principles of rhetoric, and more. Along the way, we will discuss how logic affects the studies of physics, metaphysics, the soul, ethics, and politics.
Colin Redemer is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Saint Mary’s College of California and Vice-President of the Davenant Institute. He loves teaching on the intersection between History, Philosophy, Literature, and Christianity. His writing has appeared in the Englewood Review of Books, Evansville Review, Sojourners Magazine, The Federalist, and the Tampa Review.
Tim Jacobs is a Lecturer in Philosophy at The Davenant Institute, and a PhD candidate in philosophy at the University of St. Thomas, TX. He also holds an MDiv and ThM from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He specializes in ancient and medieval philosophy, virtue, natural law, metaphysics, and classical logic, and has published several articles as well as contributed to Four Views on Christian Metaphysics, Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia, and Lexham Bible Dictionary. He lives with his wife and three kids in California. Follow him at tljacobs.com.
Online only, runs 10 weeks, meeting 2 hr./wk. via Zoom. Students will also have the option to participate in class discussion on the Davenant Common Room Discord server. Register to reserve your spot and schedule will be set after a poll of participating students; if the class time does not fit your schedule, you will be eligible for a full refund.
This is a graduate-level course. Although a BA is not a necessary pre-requisite for this course, students should come prepared to do graduate-level work.