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In his introduction to Derech HaShem, Ramchal mentions the importance of organized and systematic thinking by breaking things down into general principles.

He then details how he broke this Sefer down into “four parts”. Each part has chapters that are broken down into little ideas.

Are the general principles the four “parts” or the chapter headings?

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The Ramchal is making a general point that in any subject, it is easier to learn by first mastering the basic concepts. As I remember it, the sefer Derech Hashem as a whole is meant to teach you the general concepts underlying statements of Chazal across Talmud and Midrash.

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