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Socratic Logic 2E Hardcover – September 28, 2005

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Peter Kreeft is the author of over 40 books, including A Refutation of Moral Relativism, Summa of the Summa, Christianity for Modern Pagans: A Commentary on Pascal's Penseés, andC.S. Lewis for the Third Millennium. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Hardcover: 397 pages
  • Publisher: St. Augustines Press; 2 edition (September 28, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587318008
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587318009
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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---"Beauty" -- The branch of philosophy dealing with aesthetics.
---"C. S. Lewis and Mere Christianity" -- C.S. Lewis' masterpiece
--- Charisms: Visions, Tongues, Healing, etc. (feat. Dave Nevins)
---"Christianity in Lord of the Rings" -- The cleverly disguised role of God
---"Culture War" -- A call to arms, mapping key enemies and battlefields
---"Existence of God" -- A magnificent overview of the arguments
---"Good, True, Beautiful" -- C.S. Lewis on three great transcendentals
---"Happiness" -- How do you get it? Christ's version vs. the world's
---"Heaven" -- The heart's deepest longing
---"Hollywood Screenwriting" -- Encouragement to film's creative storytellers
---"If Einstein Had Been a Surfer" -- Rediscovering intuitive thinking
---"Lord, Liar, or Lunatic" -- The famous argument for Christ's identity
---"Problem of Pain" -- C.S. Lewis's brilliant exposition on suffering and evil
---"Sex in Heaven" -- Imaging the fire of God's love
---"Sexual Reconnection" -- Healing the link between sex & love
---"Shocking Beauty" -- The live character of Christ
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Plato on December 23, 2003
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Wonderful! I have been waiting for this book to arrive for sometime - I finally got it! The last time books on Aristotelian logic were written was about 40 years ago. Demand for these books diminished because courses in symbolic logic became the norm in universities. I believe David Kelley's book, The Art of Reasoning, is similar in content, but nevertheless differs from Socratic Logic in several key ways. Utilizing the wisdom from the ancients, Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, Socratic Logic teaches you how to reason effectively in ordinary language from the beginning and continues the approach throughout the whole book.
The material found in this book is sorely missing in these informal logic, or critical thinking books and college courses today. The hallmark of these is to study a few fallacies and decipher their presence in articles, debates, literature, etc., with very little explanation of how these arguments are fallacious. ("Why" they are fallacious is discussed, but not "how".) Only a firm grounding in Aristotelian logic can teach you "how".
For modern critical thinkers, one of the strengths of this book (there are many) is the chapter on "Material Fallacies". Professor Kreeft includes the formal fallacies as well. He goes through 49 fallacies categorized in an intuitive order and presents them in a "commonsensical" manner- to use Professor Kreeft's word.
Now, symbolic logic is good. However, it just has to be appreciated within its proper context. Symbolic logic is a robust tool for in-depth linguistic analyses and the sciences. In contrast, Aristotelian logic is for the humanities. The author makes an excellent distinction in "Section 3: The two logics".
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Daniel L Pratt on December 31, 2003
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Fantastic! Along with Adler's "How to Read a Book" (which is briefly summarized in Kreeft's book), it is the book I most wish I had been able to read when young enough to profit most fully from it. But no one is too old for this book.
One of the most enjoyable features of this book is the way it skewers modern logic, sometimes allowing it to skewer itself. Worth its price even for that alone. The author does concede value to modern logic in its place.
This book shows both the practical and philosophic sides of logic (if there's a difference).
According to an old proverb, repetition is the mother of learning. This book repeats all the key points so often that the reader could hardly avoid learning them. An answer key provides the answers to the even-numbered exercises of most sets, facilitating self-study. The exercises themselves range over a wide variety of ideas.
A minor matter: Kreeft's version of Barbara Celarent is not couched in dactylic hexameter like the version presented in Sister Miriam Joseph's book "The Trivium". The latter book covers not only logic but grammar and rhetoric as well, in a shorter space, hence is neither as clear nor as comprehensive a treatment of logic as Kreeft's book, but just as entertaining. If you like a stereoscopic view of things consider her book alongside Kreeft's.
The publishers on the whole have succeeded in producing a handsome volume, but there are many annoying glitches, some of which could have been found with a spell checker. Confusion may arise from the misspelling of "gaol" and of the Latin words "nomina" and "affirmo". It appears to me (a former mathematician) that the author uses the term "zero-sum" in a non-idiomatic manner.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Trent Dougherty on January 15, 2004
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Hi folks, thanks for the great reviews and suggestions. As with any 1st edition textbook, there are still many glitches I'm sure. It didn't take me long to find a few post-production typos. In an effort to better serve you, I'll be posting corrections at [...]
We hope that you will benefit from this modern exposition of ancient wisdom!
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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Jack Grimes on June 6, 2003
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This book saved me from never having known the joys and invigorating certainties of Aristotelian logic.
Compared to the course in 'modern' Logic I took in the fall, which focused on the dry and obtruse 'computer science logic' of the last two centries, this tome was a flood of useful and clear Truths about how to think. It is a primer on Sanity and doesn't rest until you know your stuff.
If you are a teacher, please buy this book for your class. This is one of the few times where the book students need is also one they'd want!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By G. Passantino on November 30, 2005
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I've been teaching for 30 years, & have taught undergraduate & graduate logic numerous times, yet I didn't have a fully satisfying single logic text until 2004, when this volume first appeared. If I were on a desert island & could have only one logic text to teach from this would be it. As another reviewer noted, this is the first comprehensive Aristolelian text in several decades. I would add that it is head & shoulders above any I know of from the last 100 years, & also supercedes its predecessors by being aware of, anticipating, & responding to the other streams in logic instruction over the last century, including analytics, mathematical, symbolic, etc. My brother is a professor as well, & last year he described for me how he had constructed an entire logic course curriculum from scratch because he was dissatisfied with the logic texts that were in print & could be ordered by his students. With a touch of smugness, I asked him if he had seen this new text, which I had just adopted for my next excursion in logic instruction. "No," he answered rather hesitantly, "but does it have . . . . " To each of his subsequent queries, I answered, "Yes, of course." By the end of the phone conversation I was sure he was scrambling to redeem the hundreds of hours he had spent in solitary preparation when he could have simply chosen Kreeft's Socratic Logic as the text. If you are a teacher of logic, or desire to learn how to think critically in all areas of study, don't follow my brother's example & devise your own curriculum. Follow mine & use Kreeft. You will be satisfied.
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