Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Oh, for the Wife of Bryan

Myrtle has a new homeschool blog dedicated to the question, "Where are the philosophy books for homeschooled children?" I want to know that one too. Myrtle, could you pretty please put up some more links and a bio? Your blog is looking great so far.


Myrtle said...

Philosophy isn't even addressed in any curriculum that I know of. In the Well-Trained Mind "logic" is addressed but it's treated as a content area. I've flipped through logic books that are recommended by the WTM board members at a local homeschool store and they offer the same kind of puzzles that can be bought of the shelf at Wal-Mart. My granny did logic puzzles and she also kept stacks of Jack Chick pamphlets around. Where is the connection between doing logic puzzles and acting rationally?

I'm not convinced that many homeschoolers even know what they are talking about when they say they request a recommendation for a logic book. Formal symbolic logic? Syllogisms? Mathematical reasoning? Informal fallacies used in debate?

And logic is really the only philosophical area that is even commonly addressed. What about the other areas? I don't claim to have the answer, but I want to spend some time thinking, er, philosophizing about it, so I started blogging. I will share what I come up with and I hope that when you come across a good or bad book or approach you'll let me know. I am also very interested in the connection between philsophical thinking and math.

Lioness said...

Given the excesses of our modern world, I should think moderation and judgement would be as important to learn as logic.

Logic is a tool. It can be used in any field. When it's the right tool for the job nothing can beat it, but it's not always the right tool. IIRC there are eight differnt modes of thought. Logic is only one of them. If logic was always right we wouldn't need the other seven modes.

Natalie said...

The closest thing I've found regarding philosophy and learning is a lecture (just put out in paper, also available in audio) by Lisa VanDamme. She is asserts that hierarchy in knowledge is the key to true, rational learning. She believes (rightly, in my opinion) that knowledge should be grounded in reality at the conceptual level and logically built upon as opposed to memorized or tied to dangling abstractions.

I think it is in The New Intellectual...or not. I can't remember and my copy is in the bedroom where my dh is sleeping. At any rate, here is an interview with her:


I do wish these people would write BOOKS.