By Anthony Weston, David R. Morrow
This publication builds on Anthony Weston's Rulebook for Arguments to provide an entire textbook for a path in serious pondering or casual common sense.
The workbook includes the full textual content of the fourth version of the Rulebook, whereas supplementing this middle textual content with large additional factors and workouts: homework workouts tailored from quite a lot of genuine arguments from newspapers, philosophical texts, literature, videos, YouTube video clips, and different assets; useful suggestion to aid scholars prevail while employing the Rulebook's principles to the examples within the homework routines; feedback for extra perform, outlining actions that scholars can do via themselves or with classmates to enhance their severe pondering talents, or pointing them to on-line assets to do an analogous; and, specified directions for in-class actions and take-home assignments designed to interact scholars in serious thinking.It additionally contains an appendix on mapping arguments, giving scholars an outstanding advent to this important ability in comparing or developing complicated and multi-step arguments, in addition to version solutions to odd-numbered difficulties, together with commentaries at the strengths and weaknesses of chosen pattern solutions and additional dialogue of a few of the noticeable highbrow, philosophical, or moral concerns they increase.
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At the same time, someone who is alienated from her life or feels like her life is pointless, even if she is doing things that might seem worthwhile from an objective perspective, is not leading a meaningful life. This shows that a meaningful life is not the same as a life spent on objectively worthwhile projects. All of this shows that neither enjoyment nor objectively worthwhile projects, considered separately from the other, are sufficient for a meaningful life. Adapted from: Susan Wolf, “Happiness and Meaning: Two Aspects of the Good Life,” Social Philosophy & Policy 14 (1997), 211 13 14 Rule 2: Develop your ideas in a natural order 10.
Generally, people advocate a position for serious and sincere reasons. Try to figure out their view—try to understand their reasons—even if you disagree entirely. ” (What are they in favor of ? ) Likewise, a person who believes in evolution is not claiming that her grandparents were monkeys. ) In general, if you can’t imagine how anyone could hold the view you are attacking, probably you just don’t understand it yet. 6: Diagnosing loaded language Objective: To train you to recognize and avoid loaded language.
15 16 Rule 3: Start from reliable premises Critical thinking activity: Found arguments For an out-of-class activity that gives you practice in applying Rules 1 and 2, see the “Found arguments” assignment sheet (p. 425) in Part 3. Critical thinking activity: Creating a visual argument For an out-of-class activity that gives you practice in dealing with visual arguments, see the “Creating a visual argument” assignment sheet (p. 427) in Part 3. Rule 3 Start from reliable premises No matter how well you argue from premises to conclusion, your conclusion will be weak if your premises are weak.