Henry Hazlitt strongly recommended this book for all students of the social sciences. It had a formative influence on his life. In fact, it is the book that taught him how to think.
And not only Hazlitt. William Stanley Jevons's book was the seminal contribution that educated many generations of English and American scholars that crucial discipline of logic. It teaches the rules for thinking. Now, this was a subject that every student once had to take, and not in college but quite early in life, and certainly by high school.
No more. Today, it is widely assumed that there is no structure of thinking that is worth studying. And perhaps that explains why serious thinking is so rare. It is nothing short of astonishing that most people go all the way through school with no exposure to logic at all.
We've long looked for a good text to bring into print. Jevons, one of the architects of the Marginal Revolution, is a great choice.
To be sure, this book is not easy. It takes patience and discipline. It offers a great challenge to anyone. However, if you can go through the book and learn from it, you will have a massive advantage over colleagues, most of whom have never studied this area.
Does it make sense that an economics publishers would bring out a book on logic? Certainly it does from a Misesian point of view. Logic is the method of economic thinking. Without it, indeed, economic theory is not possible.
May Jevons school the current generation in the way he did so many previous ones.
@ Brent, I'm not sure how it may compare but Hazlitt did recommend it in Thinking as a Science.
This sublime work was published in 1888 but the subject is critical for all people today as we find ourselves confronting so many political and intellectual fallacies. Very easy to read, the book begins by describing the elements of logic, such as how to properly employ terms and construct propositions, and how to arrive at correct conclusions. It also describes the types of common logical fallacies and how to spot and correct them (this section alone justifies the purchase of this book). Also, Jevons frequently references the works of the great philosophers, such as Aristotle and J. S. Mill, and has a useful section containing logical problems for the reader to practice with. I spent many constructive hours discussing many of these problems with friends and family and will make it mandatory for my own children to read (when they get to about age 10-14).
Don't miss out on this one. The liberty movement needs people who have read this book on the intellectual front lines.
How does this book compare with Hazlitt's book "Thinking as a Science?"
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