The skills that I’ve discussed in the previous two posts (recognizing the four types of terms and defining terms) are necessary for understanding this post. In what follows, I’m going to describe how to raise arguments (a part of the ‘R’ in the R.E.A.D. Method) using a lot of the same material I’ve already discussed. To… Continue reading Logic 101: How to Raise an Argument
Reconstructing an argument requires all of the previous knowledge and skills that I’ve discussed in previous posts. It’s crucial that you review those posts before going forward. Do you think you can put the pieces of an argument together if you don’t know what an argument is? The truth is that many think they know what an… Continue reading Logic 101: How to Reconstruct an Argument
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.