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Book of the Month: Logic

For any practicing Stoic or philosopher, studying logic is essential if one is to derive correct conclusions and begin from reasonable premises. If you want to argue a case to others or convince yourself of a truth, logic is necessary.

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Book of the Month: Logic

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Mar 23, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM GMT+1

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About the Event

Greetings fellow Stoics!

Today we're hosting our sixth open discussion in our Book of the Month series. You can check out the page for our Book Series at https://www.berlinstoics.com/book-series but essentially, each month we recommend one book or a selection of books or other works to read and at the culmination of that month we come together and discuss what we read. The books or texts (sometimes they may be journal articles or others) are focused on Stoicism and related topics.

The ancient Stoics derived their knowledge from three areas of inquiry or study: logic, physics (which today has branched into the various natural sciences and metaphysics), and ethics (which today has become distinct from psychology). However, whether you are Stoic or not, logic is (usually) a requisite field of study for all those studying philosophy, linguistics, mathematics, and related fields. No academic philosopher, whether structuralist or post-structuralist, rationalist or post-modernist, can argue what they're convinced of is truth if they don't employ the rules logic. Logic underlies everything and just when you think you've found another layer of reality which underlies logic, you've realized the circularity between those two layers and logic must still underlie yet this further underlayer of reality.

The book we'll be reading is If A then B: How the world discovered logic by Michael Shenefelt and Heidi White. The link leads to a non-amazon page which reviews the book. You're welcome to find it from anywhere you'd like, or see if someone you know can share it. The book is non-technical and highly accessible to anyone who has no background in the field. The authors take us on an historical journey from antiquity including the fathers of logic Aristotle and the Stoic Chrysippus, through the modern age including Descartes and Boole, and up to the present. They characterize many developments in logic as influenced by the geo-political-economic-cultural factors of the times and simultaneously teaches us a bit about logic along the way.

We would ideally expect everyone to read them the book in its entirety. However, we also encourage anyone to attend the discussion regardless of how much or little you've read!

The next introductory presentation on Stoicism on 18. April will be replaced with an introductory workshop on logic to help facilitate a curriculum which shall empower us with the tools of reason and discernment, and become more philosophically analytic.

A couple of words: (1) If you haven't already, you can join our Telegram discussion group and our announcements channel by messaging the host that you'd like to receive an invitation link. (2) The link to this event will be active between around 10 minutes ahead of the start time, and we use https://meet.jit.si/ for our video conferencing. (3) Lastly, we have recently been streaming our events live on youtube and saving them on file, especially for those who cannot make particular events; at the start of each event, Steve will of course ask if everyone is okay or anyone has a problem with this. Furthermore, we only share recordings afterwards if we reach the threshold of 4 participants (other than the facilitator).

We look forward to seeing you there!

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