Beginning Logic

In fall semester we will examine types of inductive argument and learn to recognize the major informal fallacies (such as “red herring” and ad hominem), using the textbook Fallacy Detective (Nathaniel Bluedorn and Hans Bluedorn).  We will study the logic of science and the nature of moral reasoning, reading two chapters from Think With Socrates (Paul Herrick). 

In spring semester
we will strengthen our deductive reasoning skills through studying the basics of traditional categorical logic (Aristotle’s theory of the syllogism).  Time permitting, we will further hone our skills by critiquing some of Socrates’ arguments in the dialogues of Plato. This course serves as preparation for either the high school level Introduction to Logic or Critical Thinking.

Fall 2020 Registration for this Course Opens on February 27.

“REGISTER” buttons for 2018-2019 will become active on 7 February 2018.


Open to New Students in Spring '22


Prerequisites: None
Instructor:  Patricia Slatin,
Ph. D.
Age  Level:  13 -15 years; students under 13 years of age must have prior instructor permission to enroll.
Minimum Enrollment Required: 4
Maximum Class Size: 15
Tuition per Semester:  $190

Class Meets: Thursdays, 1:00 - 2:00 PM Pacific
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Spring Registration is Open

(If you would like to enroll in this class but cannot attend at the posted time, please contact us.  We may be able to open an additional section.)


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Patricia Slatin, Ph.D.

Patricia Slatin received her Ph.D. in Classics from the University of California at Berkeley in 2005, with a focus on ancient philosophy, particularly Platonic metaphysics and theology. Thereafter she served as visiting assistant professor at Georgetown University (2007-2009) and postdoctoral teaching fellow at Stanford (2009-2013); recently she taught history and Greek at St. John's Orthodox Academy in San Francisco and Biblical Greek at the San Francisco Theological Seminary. Beyond teaching, Patricia enjoys spending time with her cat, walking in the hills of western Iowa, and volunteering at a local nature preserve.


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The Fallacy Detective


Think with Socrates

Other course materials will be provided by the instructor.