The first to state his case seems right, until his opponent begins to cross-examine him. —Proverbs 18:17 NET Last time I talked about a number of concepts from Mortimer J. Adler’s book How to Speak, How to Listen that I think give some of the best pointers for having fruitful conversations. Recall that a fruitful… Continue reading Logic 101: How to Have Fruitful Conversations (Part 2)
In my last post I summarized twelve principles from Attacking Faulty Reasoning that constitute what T. Edward Damer calls “A Code of Intellectual Conduct.” (From here on in the post I will refer to this as simply the “Code.”) These principles are not only useful in the ways that I described in the last post (as… Continue reading Logic 101: The Qualities of Good Arguments
In the previous post in this series on logic I discussed the R.E.A.D. Method. This is the procedure for finding and evaluating arguments that I will continue to fill out during this series. But before I jump into an exploration of topics under each acronym of the R.E.A.D. Method, I think it’s important to lay… Continue reading Logic 101: A Code of Intellectual Conduct
Now that you know what arguments are and the different kinds of arguments, I will begin discussing how to spot arguments and how to evaluate them. The system of evaluation that I will be proposing is the R.E.A.D. Method. I think that this mnemonic device will be a useful one to help us remember how… Continue reading Logic 101: Learning to R.E.A.D.
In my last post I discussed what arguments are and are not. Arguments are supported opinions, meaning some claims (premises) are used to support another claim or opinion (the conclusion). But knowing what arguments are isn’t enough to be able to recognize them. We also have to be able to recognize what kind of argument is… Continue reading Logic 101: Two Basic Types of Arguments
This entire series is going to be focused on finding and evaluating arguments. But nothing that I said in the Series Introduction indicated exactly what I mean by an “argument” in the first place. I’ll explain that in this post. What Arguments Are Not Let’s start by clearing away some misconceptions about what arguments are.… Continue reading Logic 101: What’s an Argument?