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Square One: The Foundations of Knowledge Paperback – November 28, 2016
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Steve Patterson is a philosopher, author, and award-winning video producer. He is currently traveling the world, hosting the Patterson in Pursuit podcast.
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As the title suggests, this is the very first step of thinking about philosophy. A lot of the book is spent defining logic. However, the author does take time to answer, using the logic and foundation of knowledge he explains first, to answer some basic paradoxes. For example, 'what is the sound of one hand clapping.'
I heard this author on a podcast and I really liked what he had to say. I thought this book might help me evaluate some of my political beliefs (one way or the other) but that is not what this particular book is for. It's much more basic.
The work itself is concerned with understanding the basic truths of metaphysics and the core of principles of a good epistemology. It makes the case for universal logic, and dispels most of the common criticisms against truth, reason, and logic. In the end I would highly recommend this to anyone who is interested in philosophy but doesn't quite know where to begin, other books can be large and intimidating tomes, but this is not that kind of book, its short, sweet and to the point.
This is a book on logic, the necessary precondition for all rational discourse. Logic is real and you can wrap your head around it!
If you are frustrated by fuzzy and often contradictory claims for truth in philosophy (and the world at large), take heart. As SO demonstrates, there are universal, objective truths that form the basis for all productive inquiry. These are knowable truths, and this book cuts through the clutter to get down to them. They are few, but they are the root of all other truth.
Truths like the law of identity may seem trivial and self-evident at first glance, but when you begin to unpack many of the common claims in every discipline, you'll discover they are often ignored or wished away.
Despite the importance of the subject matter, this book is slim, efficient, and concise. It reads with ease.
My personal favorite passage is an analogy I'm going to come back to from now on. The relationship between theory and data is described beautifully in terms of the game of poker. This passage, like the rest of the book, demonstrates Patterson's ability to take seemingly overwhelming subject matter and distill it into something that makes sense and is fun to read.
Pick up a copy. Lay the foundations for clear thought.
Square One is different. This book was recommended to me by a colleague, and it sparked a deep dive into philosophy--REAL philosophy. I love how it outlines a *way of thinking for yourself* and not just a specific argument that was of historical significance. I highly recommend reading it if you're getting into philosophy and want to shape your first-principles.
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Patterson does a tremendous job of untangling common objections to logic and separating language games for truth about reality.Read more