Book Review: Socratic Logic [V3.1] by Peter Kreeft PhD

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

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Zy Marquiez
January 4, 2018

Having not taken a logic course since the university, attempting to find a book on logic that would be ‘worth its weight in gold’ took a bit of time, but this particular book has more than delivered in spades.

Socratic Logic by Peter Kreeft PhD is an essential reading for everyone who values the use of logic.  In fact, going one step further, this book should be read by everyone, because we could all benefit from it in numerous ways.  Mostly though, most of us have not been taught logic at all, not in elementary school, nor in high school, and rarely in college.

This is taking place because logic, as well as the trivium have been nigh completely removed from most school curriculums and when they do have these courses, they are merely a facsimile of it, and nowhere near the quality of logic taught in times past.  You can ruminate upon why such a staple of education has been all but removed from mainstream education today.

Moving forward, this particular book showcases a very in-depth approach into all the nuances that are involved in Logic, while also keeping it simple so to speak.   Describing the book as ‘simple’ might be a misnomer, but when compared to The Organon by Aristotle, which is a much more complex/demanding read, this seems like a ‘walk in the park’.

Kreeft makes it a point to give the individual everything they might need to comprehend logic, from the ground up, as the book is sprinkled generously with many real world examples, historical quotes and conundrums that will make the book quite practical in its application once the concepts are mastered and implemented into one’s repertoire.

Socratic Logic serves as an excellent jump-off point into the realm of logic due to the pragmatic approach taken by Kreeft.

As the author himself states, the book is: simple, user friendly, practical, linguistic, readable, traditional, commonsensical, philosophical, constructive, clearly divided, flexible, short, selective, interactive, holistic, and classroom oriented.  After reading the book twice, those descriptions were rather precise.

Conveniently, the book also features a differentiation where one can find the basic sections (B) and the philosophical sections (P) marked in the table of contents.  This helps greatly in focusing on whatever specific area the reader might want to hone their skills in.

Also of note, the book – as mentioned by Kreef – 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

What one gathers from the book will depend greatly on how much time one chooses to spend on it.  Socratic Logic may be studied independently for an autodidact, or used for schooling.  The book can be studied in single class lessons, once a week class lessons, semester formats, etc.

Another useful element in the book is that it features a healthy amount of exercises throughout the book in order to further buttress one’s understanding of the material.  This definitely helps bring home the concepts shown in the book.

Taking all into account, the principles discussed in Socratic Logic should have been the book taught in school.  In fact, it should be taught to everyone because our society lacks logic in myriad ways.  Then again, that is what happens with the removal of classical education and logic from the common-to-the-rotten-core type of school system we’re all “lucky” to have.

In the information age, not being educated and not knowing foundational pieces of essential knowledge such as logic that venture into every crevice of our lives, is folly.

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

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

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About Me:

Zy Marquiez is an autodidact. An inquiring and incisive mind. An open-minded skeptic. An avid learner. An individual who loves to ruminate about the everything within our reality. [Un]common sense advocate. Barnes & Noble Refugee. Reformed Carmel Macchiato addict & Part-Time Researcher.

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