I know very little about logic, having never studied it myself. I feel really under confident about trying to teach this subject! 😩 I don't really know what you mean by symbolic vs. linguistic logic. Would any of these companies be adequate by themselves, or would I still need TL1 from MP, say, after doing Intro Logic by Nance to cover the "linguistic" logic? Sorry, I don't even know if I'm expressing my questions logically here! 😃 Could I use CAP by itself? Romans Road by itself? If I started with the BLuedorn books, is there overlap with the CAP products, and I should jump in at a later level? Do these products basically cover the same things just in different ways?
Amy, after much reading this is what I understand (someone correct if I misrepresent!):
Symbolic is modern, math-oriented logic; linguistic is the traditional, language-based logic (Aristotlean)
The Bluedorn's and Art of Argument cover fallacies/fallious thinking (Material Logic I think it's traditionally called; or Informal Logic now)
CAP's Discovery of Deduction is Formal, Linguistic Logic
MP's TL 1/2 = Formal, linguistic Logic
On the MP boards, DoD is said to be = to MP II; just different style
Nance covers basic Formal Logic terminology (Intro)
Nance's 'Intermediate' moves directly into modern, symbolic logic
Then there's inductive reasoning resourses:
So, to answer:
Could I use CAP by itself? Yes; Art of Argument, then Discovery of Deduction, then Argument Builder as an Intro to Rhetoric- though some do AB after AoA); you will miss out on symbolic logic with this route
Romans Road by itself? Yes; though my opinion is you'll leave out too much informal and linguistic logic
If I started with the BLuedorn books, is there overlap with the CAP products, and I should jump in at a later level?
The Bluedorn materials are good for getting the child excited about critical thinking, IMO and, nless yor child is already 14 or 15, shouldn't be skipped
AoA covers similar material, but at a more mature and serious level; so, IMO, if you're starting in high school already, skip to AoA
Do these products basically cover the same things just in different ways?
I hope I helped answer that above
I want my children to have both forms, so my plan is to use these(still figuring out order) :
Intro to Logic (Nance)
DoD or TL 1
Intermediate Logic (Nance)
Argument Builder (CAP) for Intro to Rhetoric;
Fitting Words (Nance); Classical Rhetoric(Cothran); Rhetoric Alive!(CAP-New, out this summer)
Also, the EPS Analogies series for inductive
I'd like to incorporate Watt's Logic somewhere, I just don't know where
I'd also like to reommend a book which I learned a lot from called:
Nonsense: Red Herrrings, Straw Men, and Sacred Cows: How We Abuse Logic in Our Everyday Language
EDIT: Don't forget to check out James Madison Critical Thinking Course
Also, check out the Table of Contents and/or samples of 'Introductory Logic' by Nance and DoD; they may be similar enough to choose only one-whichever one suits your child's style; I'm going to do that myself
Edited by historymatters, 31 July 2016 - 02:10 PM.