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The Philosopher's Tool Kit - Steven Scott Aspenson

The Philosopher's Tool Kit

Paperback Published: 20th April 1998
ISBN: 9780765602183
Number Of Pages: 139
For Ages: 18 years old

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A concise and elegant introduction to the basic elements of argumentative prose and the conceptual tools necessary to understand, analyze, criticize, and construct arguments, as well as to the philosophical mainstays of metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophical analysis.

Categories, Classification and Definition: Introduction, Categories, Classification, Definition, Essential Terms of Metaphysics
Assessing Claims: Introduction, Necessary Truth (Analytic Truths, Logical Truths, Necessary-Synthetic Truths)
Contingent Truths (Synthetic Truths, Truths of Natural Law)
Essential Terms of Epistemology
Assessing Inferences: Introduction
Deductive Inferences (Analytic, Logical/Categorical, Necessary-Synthetic, Transcendental, Completely Enumerative)
Inductive Inferences (Relative Frequency, Sui-Generis Making-Probable Relation, Incompletely Enumerative, Causal/Lawful Regularity)
Abductive Inference
Essential Terms of Epistemology
Philosophical Analysis: Introduction
Kinds of Analysis (Same- and New-level Analysis)
Tools of Analysis (The Negative Way, Abstraction and Precision, Distinction and Principled Distinction Thought-Experiments)
Essential Terms of Philosophical Analysis
Philosophical Writing: Introduction, Criticize, Understand, then Write
Be Negative at First
Identify Philosophical Commitments of You View, Distinguo! Using Latin and Special Terms, Special Terms for Writing Philosophy
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ISBN: 9780765602183
ISBN-10: 0765602180
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 18 years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 139
Published: 20th April 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.2