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A Guide to Good Reasoning: Cultivating Intellectual Virtues - Second edition, revised and updated

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David C. Wilson

Copyright Year: 1999

ISBN 13: 9781946135667

Publisher: University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing

Language: English

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Reviewed by Daniel Shannon, Professor of Philosophy, DePauw University on 12/30/20

The book covers all the basics of good critical reasoning and the importance of obtaining and employing intellectual virtues. The author goes into specifics, has many examples, and there are exercises for each section. The technical terms are... read more

Table of Contents

  • Part One: Reasoning and Arguments
    • Chapter One: Good Reasoning
    • Chapter Two: What Makes an Argument?
  • Part Two: Clarifying Arguments
    • Chapter Three: A Framework for Clarifying
    • Chapter Four: Streamlining
    • Chapter Five: Specifying
    • Chapter Six: Structuring
  • Part Three: Evaluating Arguments
    • Chapter Seven: A Framework for Evaluating
    • Chapter Eight: Fallacies
  • Part Four: Evaluating the Truth of the Premises
    • Chapter Nine: How to Think About Truth
  • Part Five: Evaluating Deductive Logic
    • Chapter Ten: How to Think About Deductive Logic
    • Chapter Eleven: If–Then Arguments
    • Chapter Twelve: Either–Or Arguments and More
  • Part Six: Evaluating Inductive Logic
    • Chapter Thirteen: How to Think About Inductive Logic
    • Chapter Fourteen: Inductive Generalization
    • Chapter Fifteen: Arguments from Analogy
    • Chapter Sixteen: Explanatory Arguments

 

 

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  • About the Book

    A Guide to Good Reasoning has been described by reviewers as “far superior to any other critical reasoning text.” It shows with both wit and philosophical care how students can become good at everyday reasoning. It starts with attitude—with alertness to judgmental heuristics and with the cultivation of intellectual virtues. From there it develops a system for skillfully clarifying and evaluating arguments, according to four standards—whether the premises fit the world, whether the conclusion fits the premises, whether the argument fits the conversation, and whether it is possible to tell.

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    Author

    David Carl Wilson earned his PhD in philosophy from UCLA, where he taught for many years and served in several roles, including Associate Provost. A Guide to Good Reasoning grew out of his frequent teaching of UCLA’s large undergraduate course, Philosophy 9: Principles of Critical Reasoning, originated by David Kaplan. Wilson is currently Professor of Philosophy at Webster University, where he served as Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences for 14 years. He teaches in both the Philosophy and the Management Departments; his research concentrates on social philosophy, especially political philosophy and the philosophy of management and leadership, with a special interest in Machiavelli. He serves on the board of trustees of several major organizations; is on the executive editorial board of the academic journal Philosophy of Management; and is the Staff Philosopher for Tennessee Williams St. Louis.