Thursday, August 23, 2007

The need for dialectic

Couldn't it be said that one of the weakness of the neo-scholastic manuals is that first principles were usually not defended through dialectic, but merely asserted? Moreover, dialectic is very difficult to capture in writing, but is best done through conversation between the teacher and the student?

If that is the case, then could manuals be used, so long as they are supplemented by the use of dialectic in the classroom?

For another time: can the Summa Theologiae be said to be a manual and not only that, share in the weaknesses of the manualist "tradition"?

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