IDENTIFY AND RECOUNT A PERSONAL EXPERIENCE IN WHICH THE PRINCIPLES OF LOGIC, HAD THEY BEEN KNOWN AT THE TIME, WOULD HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE FOR THE BETTER IN THE SITUATION. EVERYDAY LANGUAGE IS ACCEPTABLE. KEEP THE LANGUAGE DECENT. WHAT I WANT TO SEE IS YOU TELLING THE STORY OF A PERSONAL EXPERIENCE FIRST, THEN GOING BACK AND ANALYZING THE EVENT.

IDENTIFY AND RECOUNT A PERSONAL EXPERIENCE IN WHICH THE PRINCIPLES OF LOGIC, HAD THEY BEEN KNOWN AT THE TIME, WOULD HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE FOR THE BETTER IN THE SITUATION. EVERYDAY LANGUAGE IS ACCEPTABLE. KEEP THE LANGUAGE DECENT. WHAT I WANT TO SEE IS YOU TELLING THE STORY OF A PERSONAL EXPERIENCE FIRST, THEN GOING BACK AND ANALYZING THE EVENT.

Guidelines for Final Papers:              PHI110

 

Content

1.)  Each student will identify and recount a personal experience in which the principles of logic, had they been known at the time, would have made a difference for the better in the situation.  Everyday language is acceptable.  Keep the language decent.  What I want to see is you telling the story of a personal experience first, then going back and analyzing the event.

 2.)  Each student is to identify and properly cite which principles of logic would have been applicable in the situation, and give an analysis of how the situation might have turned out differently, had these principles been known.

 

3.)  Each student should also answer this question:  If a similar situation ever arises, how will I use logic to ensure a better outcome?  Each student is also to tell how these same principles, now that they are known, will help change their life for the better in the future, even if such a situation never arises again.  

 

4.)  Another option to consider is to write, giving specific details about how principles of logic relate to your major.  This can be the sole subject matter of the paper, or, if you find yourself coming up short on the length, it can be used in addition to the experience and its analysis.

 

Evaluation

This instructor expects that the writing done in this course will meet certain standards.  Students will incorporate Standard English usage, punctuation, grammar, and the like.  Do not use slang terms or the “Urban Dictionary.”  No text or IM abbreviations are to be used whatsoever.

 

I will look for all items to be present in the “content” section above.  If they are not, appropriate deductions will be made.

 

Prohibited Subjects

Do not write about your own personal drunken, drug-based or sexual escapades.  I have no interest in them, unless you learned lessons from them that pertain to logic.

 

Incorporating Frankl into the Final Papers

 

As briefly mentioned before, you could also write your final paper weaving together Frankl’s book and Socratic Logic.  Below are some suggestions to get your mind primed and going.  Any one of these could make an excellent paper.  [Provide page references from Frankl.]

 

“The Principles” of Logic

 

Kreeft’s 13 Reasons to Study Logic – Which of the 13 reasons did you see in Frankl?  [Provide page references]  Tie Kreeft and Frankl together, and describing what you saw in each instance.

 

The Three Acts of the Mind – Simple Apprehension, Judgment, and Reasoning.  How were the simple apprehensions of the concentration camp inmate different from their previous understanding of free life?  How did this affect their judgment?  What did this do to their ability to reason rationally and logically?  [Provide page references]

The Fallacies – Which of the fallacies that we will study were committed by the bulk of the inmates?  What fallacies that others committed did Frankl himself not commit while he was an inmate?  Explain why he did not commit these fallacies, and briefly state how this helped him survive.  [Provide page references]

Aristotle’s Categories – This could be an especially rich vein to mine.  Each one of the categories could be subjected to an analysis of “how it was before imprisonment” and “how it was different after imprisonment.”  This would help to set the differences in a very stark and sobering contrast.  [Provide page references]

 

The Tree of Porphyry – This classification tool could be used to point out how the inmates were treated – not as rational, worthwhile beings, but more as non-rational brutes, even machines.  Another way to treat this angle is that nothing could be changed, despite the efforts to dehumanize the inmates, because humans cannot change the natural order [or human nature] of themselves.

 

Terms and Definitions – Perhaps there was a term or definition that you didn’t understand that directly or indirectly contributed to your illogical response to your situation.

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