HOW TO READ A BOOK: ANALYTICAL

  1. Classify according to kind/subject matter
  2. State what the whole book is: SHORT
  3. Enumerate its major parts in order, relation. Outline.
  4. Define problem or problems the author is trying to solve.

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  1. Come to terms with the author by interpreting his key words
  2. Grasp the author's leading propositions by dealing with his most important sentences.
  3. Know the author's arguments by finding them in, or constructing them out of, sequences of sentences.
  4. Determine which of his problems the author has solved and which he has not; and as to the latter, decide which the author knew he had failed to solve
Will Freudenheim
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