Learning to Philosophize A Primer

ISBN-10: 0534505899
ISBN-13: 9780534505899
Edition: 2000
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Book details

List price: $76.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 4/30/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 100
Size: 5.39" wide x 8.70" long x 0.39" tall
Weight: 0.396

Highly praised by reviewers for its coverage, accessibility, and usefulness, LEARNING TO PHILOSOPHIZE: A PRIMER provides grounding in philosophical thinking and the issues important in any introductory survey or moral issues course. With topics that are typical for introductory classes, the author guides the students through reading selections critically. Designed to effectively introduce students to the contemporary analytical methods or the process of philosophizing, this concise text is an extremely flexible teaching tool that can be used in combination with classic texts, a coursepack, or a standard textbook.

What Is Philosophizing?
Metaphysics and the Nature of Things
Understanding, Evaluation, and Theorizing
The Context of Philosophizing
Are Any Answers Correct?
The Pervasiveness of Philosophical Views
Philosophy Is Everywhere
Philosophical Questions
Assertion, Belief, and Truth
Believing and Intellectual Commitment
Objective Reality
The Definition of Truth
Subjectivism and Conventionalism
Degrees of Belief
On Concepts
Sufficient and Necessary Conditions
Conceptual Distinctions
Making Truth Your Aim
Life-Orienting Beliefs
Taking Your Worldview Seriously
Living Up to Your Own Intellectual Standards
Belief Policies
Subjective Rationality
Objective Rationality
Selecting Belief Policies
Arguments
Deductive Arguments
Reductio Arguments
Inductive Arguments
Using Inductive and Deductive Arguments
Arguments to the Best Explanation
What Makes a Good Explanation?
The Sources of Belief
Memory
Perception
Introspection
Reason
Testimony
Other Possible Sources
A Final Word
Flaws and Fallacies
Self-Stultification
The Epistemic Double Standard
Circular Arguments
False Generalization and False Dilemma
Philosophizing Belief Policies
Reasons, Judgment, and Trust
Having and Giving Reasons
Philosophizing and Rational Judgment
Understanding Philosophical Disagreements
Why Philosophizing Can't Be a Spectator Sport
Index

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