The main purpose of this course is to apprise students of the underlying logical basis of how scholars of the later years have organized their thoughts. It also explores how scholars use the science of logic as a tool to reach valid conclusions across the other sciences.
This course broadly covers the sciences of logic and dialectic, as well as the etiquette of reading various works of literature. This is important for anyone embarking upon studying sacred knowledge because logic and dialectic are tools that scholars use to approach and analyze the Islamic sciences.
The key learning outcomes of this seminar include an in-depth look at the science of logic from the Islamic tradition in comparison to the Western tradition. It looks at the basic operations of the mind as well as the primary questions that the science of logic allows us to answer. This is followed by an expounding of the science of dialectic, taking a look at how logic is used in the discourse of scholars. This includes a brief look at the formalities and general rules of formal Islamic debate.
-Definition, Subject Matter, & Purpose of Logic
-Logic of the Islamic Tradition: Tasawwur & Tasdīq
-Modes of Applying Logic:
- Legal Analogies
- Islamic Debate and its Outcomes
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