Philosophers Toolkit A Compendium of Philosophical Concepts and Methods

ISBN-10: 0631228748

ISBN-13: 9780631228745

Edition: 2002

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Description: The Philosopher's Toolkit provides all the intellectual equipment necessary to engage with and participate in philosophical argument, reading and reflection. Each of its 87 entries explains how to use an important concept or argumentative technique accurately and effectively.Beginning with the basics of argumentation, the book moves on to deal with tools for assessment and criticism, as well as the limits of argumentation and some of the radical critiques of standard philosophical methodology. Written in an engaging style, the entries are brought to life with vivid and colourful examples and are accompanied by suggestions for further reading. This ingenious compendium of the methods and techniques of philosophy can be used in a variety of ways; as an introduction to the essentials of philosophical reflection, as a comprehensive course on philosophical method, or as a reference book to which readers can turn to find quick and clear accounts of key concepts and methods. The Philosopher's Toolkit is essential reading for anyone who wants to philosophise well.

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List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/30/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

Basic Tools for Argument
Arguments, Premises and Conclusions
Deduction
Induction
Validity and Soundness
Invalidity
Consistency
Fallacies
Refutation
Axioms
Definitions
Certainty and Probability
Tautologies, Self-Contradictions and the Law of Non-Contradiction
Further Tools for Argument
Abduction
Hypothetico-Deductive Method
Dialectic
Analogies
Anomalies and Exceptions that Prove the Rule
Intuition Pumps
Logical Constructions
Reduction
Thought Experiments
Transcendental Arguments
Useful Fictions
Tools for Assessment
Alternative Explanations
Ambiguity
Bivalence and the Excluded Middle
Category Mistakes
Ceteris Paribus
Circularity
Conceptual Incoherence
Counterexamples
Criteria
Error Theory
False Dichotomy
Genetic Fallacy
Horned Dilemmas
Hume's Fork
Is/ought Gap
Leibniz's Law of Identity
Masked Man Fallacy
Ockham's Razor
Paradoxes
Partners in Guilt
Principles of Charity
Question-Begging
Reductions
Redundancy
Regresses
Saving the Phenomena
Self-defeating Arguments
Sufficient Reason
Testability
Tools for Conceptual Distinctions
A Priori/A Posteriori
Absolute/Relative
Analytic/Synthetic
Categorical/Modal
Conditional/Biconditional
Defeasible/Indefeasible
Entailment/Implication
Essence/Accident
Knowledge by Acquaintance/Description
Necessary/Contingent
Necessary/Sufficient
Objective/Subjective
Realist/Non-Realist
Sense/Reference
Syntax/Semantics
Thick/Thin Concepts
Types/Tokens
Tools for Radical Critique
Class Critique
Deconstruction and the Critique of Presence
Empiricist Critique of Metaphysics
Feminist Critiques
Foucaultian Critique of Power
Heideggerian Critique of Metaphysics
Lacanian Critique
Nietzschean Critique of Christian-Platonic Culture
Pragmatist Critique
Sartrean Critique of 'Bad Faith'
Tools at the Limit
Basic Beliefs
G;del and Incompleteness
Mystical Experience and Revelation
Possibility and Impossibility
Primitives
Self-evident Truths
Scepticism
Underdetermination
Appendix: Web Resources.
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