Words, Concepts, Reality: Aristotelian Logic for Teenagers

Words, Concepts, Reality: Aristotelian Logic for Teenagers

Words, Concepts, Reality: Aristotelian Logic for Teenagers

By Thaddeus Kozinski, Ph.D.

When we hear the word logic, we tend to think of arguments, premises and conclusions, claims and evidence for claims. But this is only half of it. Arguments are made of words, and words are symbols or signs of concepts, the building blocks of human thought. The study of the concept, the most fundamental aspect of logic, was once an essential part of liberal education, and to aid in its recovery is the goal of this book. This is a must-have for any introductory logic course.

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TESTIMONIALS

“There are two kinds of logic:  mathematical logic, for computers, to deal with abstractions, and ordinary language logic, for human beings, to deal with things in the real world.  Neglect of the second kind of logic is one of the main reasons why students today can’t read or think as well as previous generations.  This logic text is a fine beginning to reverse that decline.  It’s also an excellent introduction to common-sense philosophy.” — Dr. Peter Kreeft, professor of philosophy at Boston College and The King’s College, and author of Socratic Logic: A Logic Text using Socratic Method, Platonic Questions, and Aristotelian Principles, Edition 3.1

“In an age in which truth has lost its natural and compelling self-evidence, we have to go back to the “first things” in our programs of education.  Thaddeus Kozinski helps meet this need with the present book, which offers something much rarer than it ought to be: a logic textbook designed for young minds, and indeed one that understands that the purpose of logic is not just to make formally valid arguments, but to articulate what is.  Highly recommended!” — Dr. David C. Schindler, Professor of Metaphysics and Anthropology, Pontifical John Paul II Institute

“While aimed at teenagers, this introduction to Aristotelian logic as it concerns the grasp and formation of concepts will be of benefit to many others, whether already learned in Aristotle or not. Its straightforward and uncomplicated presentation gives ready insight into a form of logic that, despite or perhaps because of its lack of modern ‘algebraisized’ sophistication, is more immediately intuitive and useful. Its direct, simple, and assertoric style of presentation, its clever use of examples from elementary grammar, its avoidance of philosophical polemic, as well as its use of dialog boxes, simple questions and exercises, make it eminently suited to its purpose. The mastery of the elements of Aristotelian logic is of great value in and of itself independently of its relation to other and more modern ways of teaching logic, especially as these other ways do little to promote appreciation of and mastery in the art of concept formation. This book will do much to make up for such deficiency, and at an age when direct, assertoric presentation, without distraction into controversy and alternatives, is both more suitable and more useful.” — Dr. Peter Simpson, Professor of Philosophy and Classics at the City University of New York Graduate Center

“In a comment crazed culture that forms instantaneous judgements and opinions based on slogans, memes, headlines, sound bites, and emotion, the paucity of our society’s logical skill has never been more evident. The need for a solid education in how to reason well has become all the more urgent, and Kozinski’s book starts right where it needs to: the very foundation of logical thought. Words, Concepts, Reality is an accessible and timely work for assisting young minds, and older minds that are still young in ability, become well-ordered and efficient in fulfilling their purpose: truth.” — Matt D’Antuono, physics teacher and author of A Fool’s Errand: A Brief, Informal Introduction to Philosophy for Young Catholics and other works

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Thaddeus Kozinski taught philosophy and humanities for ten years at Wyoming Catholic College, where he also served as Academic Dean. He is an advocate of Catholic liberal education and the Socratic method of teaching, and has authored a number of articles and books, including The Political Problem of Religious Pluralism: And Why Philosophers Cannot Solve It and Modernity as Apocalypse: Sacred Nihilism and the Counterfeits of Logos. He developed and taught a course on Reason in the Theology of St. Thomas at Holy Apostles College & Seminary in Cromwell, CT. At present, he teaches Great Books for Angelicum Academy and spiritual direction for Divine Mercy University. 

 

 

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Teaching and Learning in the Age of COVID19

Teaching and Learning in the Age of COVID19

Teaching and Learning in the Age of COVID19: Faith-Based — Online and Emergency Remote

Ed. by Sebastian Mahfood, OP, Ph.D.,  Timothy Westbrook, Ph.D., and Victoria Dunnam, Ph.D.

with a Foreword by Dr. Mary E. Lowe

Over the past two decades, a generation of educational technologists and instructional designers have been working in our theological schools across the United States to assist faculty in the use of appropriate technologies within their teaching and learning environments. Originally, the classrooms in which they worked were of the brick-and-mortar kind with faculty and students physically showing up to a certain space within a scheduled time of the week. Increasingly, the classrooms have become of the digital kind with faculty and students meeting in a virtual commons over the expanse of a given week. With the rise of COVID19 in March, 2020, and the subsequent lockdown, faculty were asked to engage their students via Emergency Remote Learning, which required everyone to learn on the fly how to develop and manage a virtual classroom in real time. This book offers assistance to faculty as we continue our work of digitally engaging our brick-and-mortar students.

For more on the Faith-Based Online Learning Directors, which sponsored this collection, visit the group here

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CONTENTS AND AUTHORS

Foreword by Mary Lowe

Introduction by Sebastian Mahfood, OP

Engaging the Literature

1. Online Homiletical Pedagogy as Difficult Conversation by Dave Bland

2. Compensation and Ownership: The Current State of Online Course Development at Christian Colleges by Rebecca Hoey and Fawn McCracken

3. Online Doctoral Students at a Faith-Based University: Concerns of Online Education by Kelly Price, Julia Price, and Deborah Hayes

4. An Investigation into the Implications of Dewey’s “Learning Situation” for Online Education by Timothy Paul Westbrook, Morgan McGaughy, and Jordan McDonald

5. Teaching Presence (Course Design, Direct Instruction, and Facilitated Discourse) and the Impact on Student Success in Online Learning by Victoria Dunnam

 

Engaging the Learner

6. Engaging Online Students through Customer Service and Pastoral Care Mentality by Sunday Akin Olukoju

7. Steps toward Equitable Access for Faculty New to Online Learning by Lawrence Hopperton

8. Actively Engaging the Remote Learner by Matthew Boutilier

9. Facilitating Learner-Centered Online Education by Lawrence Hopperton

10. eQuity: Considering “Otherness” in the Online Classroom by Timothy Paul Westbrook

11. Flipped Classrooms: Reshaping the Tyndale Degree Completion Program for Engagement and Learning by Lawrence Hopperton

12. Building an Online Course for the Catholic Distance Learning Network: Teaching Theology and Science Online by Sebastian Mahfood and Michael Hoonhout

Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, OP on Online Teaching

Dr. Timothy Westbrook on Faculty experiences in this period of Emergency Remote Teaching (ERT)
Mr. Rollin Guyden "Expanding your Instructional Toolbox to Engage Students"
Dr Larry Hopperton, Dir. of DL Technology @ Tyndale on Accessibility Issues
Mrs. Phyllis Ennist on Community, Engagement, Belonging in Online Courses
Dr. Stephanie Mahfood presenting on Video Enhanced Observation
Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, OP, on CARES Act and its Impact on Theological Schools
Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, OP, on Flipping Emergency Remote Teaching through Audio and Video Podcasting
Dr. Mark Maddix on Online Learning
Dr. Lester Ruiz on Technology in Theological Education
Dr. Larry Hopperton and Dr. Matt Boutilier on Actively Engaging the Adult Learner
Fr. Sergius Halvorsen on Vulnerability and Trust: Building Communities of T & L

ABOUT THE EDITORS

Sebastian Mahfood, OP, Ph.D., has served since 2010 on the faculty of Holy Apostles in Cromwell, CT, after eleven years on the faculty of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis, MO. He has been a Lay Dominican of the Queen of the Holy Rosary Chapter in the Province of St. Albert the Great since 2008. His work in the areas of lay and priestly formation led him to found a Catholic publishing house called En Route Books and Media, which has produced almost two hundred titles since 2014, and an online Catholic radio station called WCAT Radio, which currently hosts over six dozen programs. Dr. Mahfood holds a doctorate in postcolonial literature and theory from Saint Louis University along with several master’s degrees in the fields of comparative literature, philosophy, theology, and educational technology.

Timothy Paul Westbrook, Ph.D., is an associate professor of Bible and Ministry at Harding University and directs the Center for Distance Education in Bible and Ministry. He has been involved in distance edu-cation professionally since 2005 and has both published and presented on best practices and learning theory as they pertain to online course design. He serves as an executive officer for Faith-based Online Learning Directors (FOLD) and is a member of ACCESS and Society for Professors of Christian Education. Westbrook has earned his M.A. in doctrine and his M.Div. with a concentration in Old Testament from Harding School of Theology. He completed his Ph.D. in Educational Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

Victoria Dunnam, Ph.D., currently is an Educational Technology Consultant for Union Theology Seminary, a Moodle Administrator, a Quality Reviewer/ Learning Architect for iDesign and is an Instructional Designer and Content Developer for online courses for universities, as well as an adjunct online instructor. She owns and operates Dunnam Consulting. She completed her doctorate from Grand Canyon University with Ph.D. in Psychology with Emphasis on Integrated Technology and Learning, She holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology from University of Texas in Brownsville and a BBA Computer Science degree from Hardin Simmons University. She is a member of the executive committee for Faith-Based Online Directors (FOLD) organization. Her interests and passion is online learning and creating quality online course design that impacts student’s online learning experience.

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The Image of God: Give Man His Dignity by Augustine Kelechi Ikegwu, O.SS.T.

The Image of God: Give Man His Dignity by Augustine Kelechi Ikegwu, O.SS.T.

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The Image of God: Give Man His Dignity

by Augustine Kelechi Ikegwu, O.SS.T.

The African man is called to a sober reflection about himself in relation to others and about the reason for and meaning of his existence on earth. Through the Catholic Church’s teachings, which defend the personhood and dignity of man, the African man is made aware of the vitality of others through a fraternal love that equalizes and mirrors the image of God in him. In his relationships with other men, therefore, the African man is expected to manifest his dignified nature, which is of divine origin. This work thus argues for a positive relationship among members of African societies in spite of religious, social, and political differences.

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REVIEWS

Dr. Eileen Quinn Knight of Profiles in Catholicism. (May 18, 2021) Click here for the interview and here for the review. 

 

TESTIMONIALS

“The idea of universal human dignity is a product of biblical religion and is indefensible apart from it. In the modern era, in the West, it remains as the vestige of a once-dominant religion. Honored in the abstract, it is disregarded or attenuated when it proves inconvenient to corporations, armies, or states. Augustine Kelechi has produced a useful survey of human dignity and its historical development in church and society. He raises important and urgent questions that are relevant to politics, law, international relations, and economics. With Christianity in eclipse, the universality of human dignity is increasingly imperiled, and more categories of persons are vulnerable to abuse. This is an issue that commands the attention of Christians everywhere.” Mike Aquilina, award-winning author of more than fifty books on Catholic history, doctrine, and devotion. His best known book is, The Fathers of the Church.

“It is my privilege to witness Mr. Kelechi’s incredible work as he developed his thesis and purposes for writing this book. The topics need major attention from Catholic scholars, sociologists, cultural researchers, and spiritual communities whose efforts are prioritized around church development and the spread of the Gospel in the African continent. His research deserves strong consideration from all who invest in global projects, academic research, and community development regarding faith-based initiatives and improvement of church growth in third-world countries. Mr. Kelechi, I salute you for your hard work, desire to constantly improve the details, and strong commitment toward your vocation and spreading the Gospel. Great work!” Dr. Chad Newton, Ph.D., an online Adjunct Educator at Bethel University, College of Professional Studies, and Research Fellow for Cornerstone Leadership Institute

“Augustine Kelechi Ikegwu guides the reader of The Image of God: Give Man His Dignity as they delve into a topic that is of timeless and timely importance. Reasons for the defense of Human Dignity and its violation in History are covered. Philosophical, and Scriptural arguments are presented to give a full treatment of the topic. Slavery, Human Trafficking, Economic Discrimination are addressed. Tribalism, Sexism, Racism and more are covered. As the author is Nigerian he gives extra attention to the difficulties experienced in Africa. This book is a serious read about a vital matter that should be on the shelf of every person who champions the Fundamental Right of Human Dignity.” – Dennis P. McGeehan, author of The Diaries of Joseph and Mary. He blogs at www.warriorsworlddad.com. He has written for Biblezon Children’s Tablet and published in several Catholic magazines such as The Word Among Us and Seton Homeschool Magazine. He is a member of the Catholic Writer’s Guild.

“Augustine Kelechi has written an incredibly astute book on the important subject of human dignity.  This work is an easy read, but it is at the same time deep and rich in content.  Not only do we get a sense of what the Church teaches us in this area, the author exposes us to the history and development of human rights in several countries around the world.  I highly recommend this book.” – Paul A. Nelson, Catholic author of Christians Must Reunite: Now is the Time

“The metaphysical foundations of the recognition of human dignity, historically, emerges within the Church, an incarnation through salvation history of the Body of Christ. To the extent that the Church’s teachings on dignity lose favor, society as a whole risks losing the implicit edifice upon which the legality of international human rights are recognized and protected. Augustine Kelechi Ikegwu’s timely and important book, The Image of God: Give Man HIs Dignity, is a powerful reminder of the dire need for the acknowledgement and defense of the Christian conception of human dignity for the protection of the rights of the most vulnerable. Ikegwu expertly demonstrates the development of Western conceptions of dignity from Cicero and Aquinas, through to Kant and Wollstonecaft. His work is especially persuasive in that the author’s own experiences and accounts of dehumanization in his native Africa, illustrate what is at stake when human dignity is disregarded by society.” Brent Dean Robbins, Ph.D., Author of The Medicalized Body & Anesthetic Culture: The Cadaver, the Memorial Body, & The Recovery of Lived Experience and Professor of Psychology, Point Park University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA. 

“Augustine’s work is quite  apt and well done. Reading this book,  I knew it was just what I was looking for: a great way to quickly and painlessly evaluate and understand the violation of the dignity of the human person in the world in general,  Africa, and Nigeria in particular. Thank you for filling this niche,  and I recommend this work for all lovers of knowledge.” – Chidimma S. Ikea, Ph.D.,  Imo State University (IMSU),Owerri, Imo state Nigeria

“The dignity of the human person is under attack more now than at any other time in history.  Man is made in the image of God and as such deserves dignity and respect.  This goes applies to both sexes, all races, and nationalities.  Augustine Kelechi does a masterful job of synthesizing the issues and analyzing them with the context of catholic thought.  The end result is a masterful work that defends the dignity and worth of the human person.  Well done.”William Hemsworth M.Div., MATS, Columnist at Patheos and Catholic Stand

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ikegwu Augustine Kelechi was born and raised in Upe Town Autonomous Community in Ngor-Okpala Local Government Area, Imo State, Nigeria. He’s a Religious, a graduate of Philosophy from Claretian Institute of Philosophy, located in Maryland Nekede in Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria. Augustine obtained a Bachelor in Philosophy (B.Phil) from Pontifical Urban University Rome, and Bachelor of Arts (B.A) from Imo State University Owerri, Nigeria, and is currently undertaking a course in Theology outside of his home country, Nigeria.

Aside from being a prolific writer, he is also a speaker and blogger with numerous articles published in various secular and catholic newspapers and magazines. A vocal human right activist, his latest interview was conducted by a team of Fearologists from a school of thought known as (Fearism) on the existence of fear.

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Romans by Paul, authored by Richard L. Akins

Romans by Paul, authored by Richard L. Akins

Special congratulations to Rick for his being awarded third place in the 2020 Catholic Book Awards contest for best Catholic novel for Rebirth of Nicodemus.

Romans by Paul: The Apostle’s Defense of Catholic Doctrine

by Richard L. Akins

We are often challenged in our faith. When confronted by other Christ-followers, we can experience doubts and confusion. They may use many select Scriptures, especially from Paul’s book to the Romans, to argue that we Catholics are lost. Romans by Paul provides a first-hand, decade-long account of the specific verses and challenges raised against Catholicism. You will come away armed to stand against these challenges, understanding specific biblical defenses that support the Catholic faith.
 
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AUTHOR’S TESTIMONY

“My main goal for this work has always been to show our fellow Catholics how to respond to biblical claims from Evangelicals that are used to damage our faith and Church. I have also been deeply involved with ecumenism, which is so needed in today’s world so Christianity can remain effective in the general society. It is difficult have an ecumenical dialogue when one side is taught that Catholics are not Christian in the first place. The scriptural arguments made to support this view have long needed to be answered.” – Richard L. Akins

TESTIMONIALS

“The timing of Romans by Paul could not be more provident. The focus on a certain interpretation of Paul by many who call themselves ‘reformed or Evangelical’ has made it difficult for them to even consider Catholics as fellow Christians. Romans by Paul sums up for readers this stumbling block to mutual understanding. The author is dealing with some very difficult questions about human freedom and grace but discusses them in a language that makes them accessible. Catholic readers of Romans by Paul will become better acquainted with the biblical references used to support arguments against the Church. They will become comfortable with the interpretation of those same verses that supports a more Catholic understanding of the Gospel. Reformed Christians will find permission via Romans by Paul to rediscover the wider Christian world as a much larger family of God, this is Good News. Enjoy then a bit of the Good News told from a single voice that holds the whole experience together. One that is probably not too far from your own struggle with freedom and grace.” – Reverend Dr. John Balluff, S.T.D.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rick Akins is a Novel of the Year award winner from the Catholic Press Association for The Rebirth of Nicodemus.  He is the father of three and lives in the suburbs of Chicago. He is an electrical engineer and MBA, and ran several businesses since 2000. He owns six patents in the field of fiber optics.

Akins’ book Challenged to Grow, published in June, 2018, describes his personal experiences splitting time between Catholic and Evangelical churches.

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Teaching Research Processes by William Badke

Teaching Research Processes by William Badke

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Teaching Research Processes: The Faculty Role in the Development of Skilled Student Researchers, 2nd Edition

by William Badke

Today’s students struggle with the research processes required to problem-solve and enlist their findings into cogent academic writing. They lack skill in formulating problem statements, identifying the most relevant databases, using those databases effectively, and evaluating found information. More profoundly, they do not understand the confusing information landscape in which they are working.

Teaching Research Processes aims to help faculty members overcome these deficits and develop strong research abilities in their students.

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Testimonials

“Badke provides a compelling argument that students do not know how to do research and that faculty are not addressing the problem. He shows that librarians and faculty can work together to teach the process of research to students. Until professors see the need for teaching research processes, students will continue to fumble their way through them. Teaching Research Processes could be a helpful resource for a faculty retreat or a conversation starter.”–Teaching Theology & Religion, January 2014, about the 1st Edition

“This book should prove valuable to anyone trying to design a relational approach to IL and integrate it within curricula.” — Journal of Information Literacy, about the 1st Edition

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

William Badke is Associate Librarian for Associated Canadian Theological Schools and information literacy at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia, Canada. He has taught research processes to thousands of students for more than 35 years. His extensive publications show that he does research rather than just teach it.

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The Right Way to Live: Plato’s Republic for Catholic Students by Richard Geraghty

The Right Way to Live: Plato’s Republic for Catholic Students by Richard Geraghty

The Right Way to Live: Plato’s Republic for Catholic Students

by Richard Geraghty

Plato’s philosophical dialogues provide a solid understanding of Catholic moral principles. Geraghty shows within these pages how the truths of the old sage are both delightfully and challengingly perennial.

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TESTIMONIALS

“Does it matter if a virtue is a means or an end? Geraghty masterfully shows how Plato’s Republic framed the answer to that question two and a half millennia ago in a way that still makes sense for us in today’s modern world.” – Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, OP, co-author with Ronda Chervin of Catholic Realism: A Framework for the Refutation of Atheism and the Evangelization of Atheists

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

As a professor of philosophy for many decades, Richard Geraghty has been rated the most popular of teachers because of his gift not only for simplifying difficult concepts, but also for expounding them with brilliance and humor.

Until his death in 2017, Richard served as a professor of philosophy at St. Joseph’s House of Studies, the college-level facility of the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word at EWTN.

Over the course of his career, Richard taught philosophy at the University of Dayton, Providence College, St. John’s College Seminary, and Holy Apostles College & Seminary.

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