Philosophic Thoughts: Essays on Logic and Philosophy (American University Studies 214 New edition)
By: Gary James Jason (author)Hardback
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Philosophic Thoughts: Essays on Logic and Philosophy comprises a collection of essays on logic and philosophy. The first section features essays that address issues in informal logic, such as the question of whether fallacies are common and the nature of the ad baculum and ad hominem fallacies. The section also includes essays on formal dialogue logic and its applications in computer science. The second section contains articles on epistemology and philosophy of science, including issues surrounding induction, the role of error in computer science, the relation of science to common sense, and the concept of discovery. The third section features ethical issues - from the sketching out of an ethical theory to the discussion of a variety of ethical issues, such as the ethics of organ sales, tort reform, free trade, and computer ethics. The final section includes essays on a number of miscellaneous issues, such as using thought experiments to teach philosophy, the soul-making defense against the problem of free will, and the limitations of postmodern philosophy.
Gary James Jason received a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Illinois, a master's degree in philosophy from the University of Illinois, a master's degree in computer science from the University of Kansas, and bachelor's degrees in physics and philosophy from UCLA. He is currently a lecturer in philosophy at California State University, Fullerton. He is the author of numerous articles, book reviews, and editorials as well as three books: The Logic of Scientific Discovery, Introduction to Logic, and Critical Thinking: Developing an Effective Worldview.
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