An Indispensable Piece For The Autodidact; A Vital Component To Education For Individuals Of All Ages

BreakawayIndividual.com
Zy Marquiez
January 31, 2020

“Profound simplicity = common sense.  – The height of cultivation runs to simplicity of common sense; the straightest, most logical way.”[1]

“The deepest sin against the human mind is to believe things without evidence.  Science is simply common sense at its best – that is, rigidly accurate information, and merciless to fallacy in logic.”
– Thomas Huxley

Socratic Logic by Peter Kreeft PhD is an essential book because it has the capacity of helping every single individual in countless ways.  This is because logic allows an individual to cast a firm foundation for all education that follows, which junctions into every other topic an individual will learn from in life.

Likewise, Logic allows for individuals to streamline their thought process – to think in sequential order, thus accomplishing more in the most efficient way that is logically sound.  Further, Logic can help individuals read more thoroughly, process information more clearly and effectively, express information in a more in-depth and incisive fashion, and features myriad other tangential benefits as well.  There are no limits to how much Logic can help in, for there are no limits to learning.

And given the unfortunate circumstance that Logic has been all but removed from most curricula in modern Academia, the benefits of Logic are not being experienced by nigh anyone in modern culture. This means that individuals must be proactive in their ventures to not only study and learn Logic, but seek to master it as it was once taught in schooling if they are to implement this knowledge and skillset into their repertoire.

One of the greatest strengths of Socratic Logic is that it showcases a very in-depth approach into learning Logic, but better yet, in an easy-to-digest and wholly accessible manner.  Another strength of this book is that the lessons woven within its pages are not only thorough enough, but clearly divided in very user-friendly chapters that are not only flexible, but follow common sense and build upon themselves.

Describing the book as ‘user-friendly’ or ‘accessible’ might be a misnomer, but when juxtaposed to The Organon by Aristotle, which is a vastly more complex and demanding read, this book is a ‘walk in the park’.  This ease of accessibility is one of its countless benefits of this book.

Kreeft makes it a point to give individuals many of the mental tools they might need to comprehend traditional Logic as it was once taught within schooling in the past.  The book is sprinkled generously with many real world examples, historical incidents, significant quotes and instructive issues that allow for a latitude of learning that is robust, and yet significant.  Moreover, this book is quite practical in its application once the concepts are mastered and implemented into one’s repertoire.

The book also features a differentiation between the basic sections (B) and the philosophical sections (P) which are marked in the table of contents.  This helps the reader immensely in focusing on whatever specific area the reader might want to hone their skills in.

Also of note, the book – as mentioned by Kreef and corroborated by personal use – may be used in at least 10 different ways:

[1] the basics only
[2] the basic sections plus the philosophical sections
[3] the basic sections plus the more advanced sections in logic
[4] the basic sections plus the practical application sections
[5] the basic sections plus any two of these three additions
[6] all of the book
[7] all or some of it supplemented by a text in symbolic logic
[8] all or some of it supplemented by a text in inductive logic
[9] all or some of it supplemented by a text in rhetoric or informal logic
[10] all or some of it supplement by readings in and applications to the great philosophers[2]

What one gathers from the book will greatly depend on how much time one chooses to spend learning the tenets from it. Socratic Logic may be studied independently for an autodidact, as part of personal self-directed learning system, or it can even be studied in single class lessons, once a week  lessons, semester formats, etc.

A healthy amount of exercises throughout the book further buttress one’s understanding of the subject matter. This multifarious approach definitely helps individuals attain a deeper understanding of the concepts shown in the book with utmost precision.

Taking all that into account, Socratic Logic should be taught to everyone not only because it allows individuals to set a firm foundation for all learning that follows, but also because our society lacks Logic in myriad ways.  This glaring issue would go to explain why many of the societal issues that we are experiencing are happening in the first place.

In an age where information abounds, not being educated in Logic and its foundational aspects – that have the capacity to affect every crevice of our lives – is a serious mistake, for understanding cannot be attained without a firm foundation in education, and a firm foundation in education cannot be achieved without Logic.

And if conventional schooling continues on the downhill grade it’s currently in, knowledge in areas such as this will be worth more than its weight in gold, and that’s not an understatement. With the student loans costing over a trillion dollars collectively and real education dissipating right before our eyes within the conventional establishment, taking your education into your own hands is not only responsible and commonsensical, but downright crucial.

To seek or further one’s education is a choice, and luckily Socratic Logic makes it an easy to choice to make.

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Footnotes:

[1] Bruce Lee, Edited by John Little, Striking Thoughts – Bruce Lee’s Wisdom For Daily Wisdom, p. 189.
[2] Peter Kreeft Ph.D., Socratic Logic, p. 14.

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About The Author:

Zy Marquiez is an avid book reviewer, inquirer, an open-minded skeptic, yogi, and freelance writer who aims at empowering individuals while also studying and regularly mirroring subjects like Consciousness, Education, Creativity, The Individual, Ancient History & Ancient Civilizations, Forbidden Archaeology, Big Pharma, Alternative Health, Space, Geoengineering, Social Engineering, Propaganda, and much more.