#Book Review: Dialectical Thinking – Zeno, Socrates, Kant, Marx by Tommi Juhani Hanjijarvi Ph.D. | #SmartReads | #Education | #Learning

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Zy Marquiez
February 20, 2020

This particular book is a great foray for those beginning to delve into dialectics.

In Dialectical Thinking – Zeno, Socrates, Kant, Marx by Tommi Juhani Hanjijarvi Ph.D., seeks to show how valuable dialectical thinking is as he examines the minds of former dialecticians.

To accomplish this Hanjijarvi sifts through noteworthy examples in dialectics that were brought about by individuals such as Socrates, Kant, Zeno and Marx, while also coupling additional examples from other incisive minds to supplant the examples of the core four, which are the main focus of the book.

For instance, while analyzing Marx’s foray into dialectics, the author delves into information brought about by Engel, Bernstein, Lenin and such.

As the author makes clear, dialectics have extensive uses.  More incisively, as the author argues “Dialectics are always about the dynamics of the self.”

It was quite mentally invigorating seeing the different dialectics employed by the great dialecticians.  Moreover, it was also interesting to note where some of their ruminations dovetailed and what paths those notions discussed led them towards.

These days, the benefit of employing sound reason, as dialecticians do and this book showcases, would be a great skillset for individuals to learn.  That skillset would allow individuals to put themselves on either sides (or all sides) of an equation, rather than end up simply fostering their points of views without taking the other person’s view into consideration, or at least examining it in detail if such needs to be the case.

Truth be told, reality is vastly more complex than two sides most often.  This reason is why this type of book is downright crucial, since it helps lay a solid foundation as an introductory volume into the discipline of dialectics and the understanding of subjects from various points of views in a sound manner.

Thinking unilaterally about incisive issues won’t help people think critically, nor will it help people to think outside the box.  Predictably, this prevents individuals from grasping crucial issues at their core, or from the kaleidoscope of angles that particular issues might inherently contain.

Frankly, this book should be considered for any inquiring individual.  I have already suggested this book to quite a few individuals for homeschooling and those that employ self-directed learning. 

As an introduction to the dialectical thinking employed by some of the greatest dialecticians, this book carries out its premise and then some.  Make sure to supplant this book first and foremost with How To Read A Book, by Mortimer J. Adler & Charles Van Doren, coupling it with Socratic Logic and Philosophy 101 by Peter Kreeft, as well as A Workbook For Arguments – A Guide For Critical Thinking by David R. Morrow and Anthony Weston, and you have a veritable foundation for self-directed learning that creates an incredibly ironclad foundation

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