Formal logic is one of the defining characteristics of the Western intellectual tradition. It is the primary way by which we organize our thoughts and analyze the arguments of others. The rules of logic have maintained a remarkable continuity down through the centuries and thus they provide us with the common ground needed to engage with the great works of the Western Canon; for despite the tremendous variety in the linguistic, cultural, and historical background of these works, the rules of logic can be seen and analyzed in all. The second half of this course is an introduction to the art of Rhetoric. A sound understanding of the rules of logic is fundamental to this art, but syllogisms alone are not capable of persuading. After grounding ourselves in Aristotle’s Rhetoric, students will engage with great (and sometimes not so great) examples of oratory, while at the same time learning to form and deliver their own rhetorical productions. By the end of this course, students will be able to shape and deliver logically consistent arguments, and engage a society that is increasingly dominated by the tyranny of relativism.