The Logic of Alice: Clear Thinking in Wonderland (Anglais) Broché – 16 décembre 2008
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In this unique approach to interpreting Alice, the fruit of ten years of research, Dr. Bernard M. Patten shows that Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, aka Lewis Carroll, fused his passion for logic, mathematics, and games with his love of words and nonsense stories to produce a multifaceted, intricately structured work of literature. Patten provides a chapter-by-chapter skeleton key to Alice, which meticulously demonstrates how its various episodes reveal Dodgson’s profound knowledge of the rules of clear thinking, informal and formal logic, symbolic logic, and human nature.
As Patten makes clear, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, far from being just an entertaining children’s book, is more complex and deeply reflective of Dodgson’s character than it may seem. By making an effort to understand its deeper layers, both children and adults may profit from this masterful tale by learning to think better and, along the way, having fun.
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I approached The Logic of Alice both as a huge fan of all things Carroll, and as someone very familiar with and fascinated by logic. Based merely on the title, cover, and first few pages, it seemed as though this book might have been written just for me! However, as I dug deeper into its pages, I found that it was not quite what I had hoped. Here's the positive and negative for the potential buyer:
- The author is an excellent writer. The book is well-written and a joy to read.
- The author is entertaining. He rarely fails to make even the dull and abstract premises of logic interesting. What's more, he expertly makes even some of the more complex aspects of logic and reason instantly accessible to the average reader.
- Basic and intermediate concepts of logic are presented well and thoroughly, if a bit repetitively and painstakingly, explained.
- The author certainly seems to be more interested in presenting his political and religious philosophy than he is in discussing Carroll or what logic is. In fact, after one gets past the first twenty pages, the titular subject matter sometimes is reduced to an afterthought in favor of the author's strong statements on his personal views.
- The book is a bit redundant - with so much potential subject matter within the pages of Carroll's two books, it's a shame the author decided to spend so much time re-visiting and repeating certain points.
- The author falls into logical fallacies himself, which hurts his credibility. At several points in the book, the author will make unequivocal statements based on his own opinions which, when you apply the author's own presented rules of logic to them, do not hold up. He will surprisingly do this in both his political digressions, and in completely unrelated examples of concepts of reason. The author is highly opinionated, not just in the political and religious realms but in all things, and has built myriad logical constructs of varying quality to justify his beliefs. Often his logic is valid; other times it is most certainly not. The author's rather forceful use of such a lack of logic, in a book in which he is teaching logic, makes the book as a whole difficult to take too seriously.
As much as I truly want to enjoy and recommend this book, I find I can't. It's a wonderful and valid premise, simply explained, and it's written by an undeniably talented author. Sadly, whether you agree or disagree with the politics, digressions, and unrelated arguments within, there's just too much of it... and a few too many fallacies... and not enough Clear Thinking in Wonderland.
Patten is incredibly insightful into the logical issues that Lewis Carrol wrestled with, giving us the truest available reading of that work's complex logic. For a reviewer to posit his own religious biases, then search for the tiny shards that might conceivable bear negatively against them, is for that reviewer to engage is the shoddiest form of intellectual assassination.
I'm delighted with this book. And if you think that the writer's own religious views are relevant, take another look at this work without having your eye poisoned by a religious nut!
The author unrattles them by explaining the illogical thinking and pointing out the type of logic error. He then connects the reader to present day thinking examples that inflict our daily lives. I found in this manner I don't find myself preoccupied in memorizing the classification of logic but rather associated with the classical statemnets of Alice which is memorably vivid and if I need to know a specific logic error I just look it up in the index.
The book also entertains the reader with historical information, it was a delight to read about Carol Lewis and few glimpses of his dairy.
The author seduces the reader to learn by using his wit; I found each page refresing; I liked the large headings, sometimes up to three in some pages.
I was impressed to read the extensive selected bibliograghy with the authors own writen reviews. It reflects the scholarly work. Cleverly brilliant.