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Arguments about Arguments

Arguments about Arguments
Systematic, Critical, and Historical Essays In Logical Theory

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  • Date Published: July 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521853279

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  • Following an approach that is empirical but not psychological, and dialectical but not dialogical, Maurice Finocchiaro defines concepts such as reasoning, argument, argument analysis, critical reasoning, methodological reflection, judgment, critical thinking, and informal logic. Including extended critiques of the views of many contemporary scholars, he also integrates into the discussion Arnauld's Port-Royal Logic, Gramsci's theory of intellectuals, and case studies from the history of science, particularly the work of Galileo, Newton, Huygens, and Lavoisier.

    • Sketches an original theory of reasoning and argument
    • Contains extended and fruitful critiques of the views of many contemporary scholars
    • Integrates into the theoretical discussion a wealth of historical materials
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    "It is an illuminating examination of the argumentation employed by not only one of science's great figures but also one of its great writers."
    Thomas M. Lessl, Argumentation and Advocacy

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    • Date Published: July 2005
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521853279
    • length: 478 pages
    • dimensions: 237 x 160 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.87kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Theorizing about Reasoning and Argument:
    1. Informal logic and the theory of reasoning
    2. An historical approach to the study of argumentation
    3. Methodological problems in empirical logic
    4. Two empirical approaches to the study of reasoning
    5. Critical thinking, critical reasoning, and methodological reflection
    Part II. Fallacies and Asymmetries:
    6. Fallacies and the evaluation of reasoning
    7. Six types of fallaciousness
    8. Asymmetries in argumentation and evaluation
    9. The positive versus the negative evaluation of arguments
    Part III. Critiques:
    10. Siegel on critical thinking
    11. Introduction and intuition in the normative study of reasoning
    12. Logic, politics, and Gramsci
    13. The dialectical approach to interpretation and evaluation
    14. The Port-royal logic's theory of argument
    15. A critique of the dialectical approach
    16. Valid Ad Hominem arguments in philosophy
    17 Dialectics, evaluation, and argument
    Part IV. Historical Analyses:
    18. The concept of Ad Hominen argument in Galileo and Locke
    19. Newton's third rule of philosophizing
    20. Logic and rhetoric in Lavoisier's sealed note
    21. The concept of judgment and Huygens' theory of gravity
    22. Empiricism, judgment, and argument
    23. Criticism, reasoning, and judgment in science.

  • Author

    Maurice A. Finocchiaro, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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