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Arguing to Better Conclusions

A Human Odyssey

By W Peter Robinson

Routledge – 2006 – 328 pages

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  • Paperback:
    978-0-8058-5979-9
    May 30th 2006
    Out-of-print
  • Hardback:
    978-0-8058-5951-5
    May 31st 2006
    Out-of-print

Description

This book was written to try to integrate various strands of concern about communication, language, and thinking. There are two related questions that have served to initiate the enquiries that resulted in this book: Why do people hold false beliefs? And why do they accept and use inadequate arguments in support of their beliefs?

The author has provided a clear conceptual framework to address these issues and in doing so he folds into the arguements the marvelous richness of language as a vehicle of communication.

Contents

Contents: Preface. Part I: Gaining a Sensible and Useful Conceptual Framework. Beliefs, Knowledge, Arguments, and Decisions. The Representational Status of Statements: True or False. Domains of Representation. Apparent Representation Only: Pragmatic Priorities. Combinations of Statements in Arguments. Formal Calculi in Beliefs and Arguments: Errors. Classifying Errors and Weaknesses in Arguments. Part II: Who Are the Victims of Mistaken Beliefs and Weak and Invalid Arguments and Why? Beliefs and Arguments in Action. Human Sources of Errors in Beliefs and Inadequacies in Argumentation. Gaining Competence in the Critical Evaluation of Beliefs and Arguments. La Condition Humaine in 21st-Century Quasi-Democracies. Postscript.

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Description: By W Peter Robinson. This book was written to try to integrate various strands of concern about communication, language, and thinking. There are two related questions that have served to initiate the enquiries that resulted in this book: Why do people hold false beliefs? And...
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