How to Think by Alan Jacobs


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When I first saw this book it piqued my interest as I enjoy philosophy and the study of logic. As I began to read this book I found that it was an enlightening read and challenged. Then the book took a turn that was unexpected for me. Rather than get into techniques of logic and reasoning, the author gave examples of what happens when people begin to think or are challenged to think contrary to their presently held viewpoints.

This forced me to examine some areas in my own life where I have been recently asked to consider a different view but struggled to do so. This book aided me by realizing that abandoning my currently held convictions is not wise. Rather, it is more prudent to contrast two ideas to see if one is superior to the other with the idea of arriving at a settled conviction. A settled conviction then gives a foundation that allows for more ideas to be adhered to and to dismiss others. How to Think is then a great resource for this endeavor.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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