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The Philosopher's Toolkit: A Compendium of Philosophical Concepts and Methods, 2nd Edition

The Philosopher's Toolkit: A Compendium of Philosophical Concepts and Methods, 2nd Edition

Julian Baggini, Peter S. Fosl

ISBN: 978-1-405-19018-3

Apr 2010, Wiley-Blackwell

300 pages

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The second edition of this popular compendium provides the necessary intellectual equipment to engage with and participate in effective philosophical argument, reading, and reflection
  • Features significantly revised, updated and expanded entries, and an entirely new section drawn from methods in the history of philosophy
  • This edition has a broad, pluralistic approach--appealing to readers in both continental philosophy and the history of philosophy, as well as analytic philosophy
  • Explains difficult concepts in an easily accessible manner, and addresses the use and application of these concepts
  • Proven useful to philosophy students at both beginning and advanced levels

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Preface.

Acknowledgements.

1. Basic Tools for Argument.

1.1 Arguments, premises and conclusions.

1.2 Deduction.

1.3 Induction.

1.4 Validity and soundness.

1.5 Invalidity.

1.6 Consistency.

1.7 Fallacies.

1.8 Refutation.

1.9 Axioms.

1.10 Definitions.

1.11 Certainty and probability.

1.12 Tautologies, self-contradictions and the law of non-contradiction.

2. More Advanced Tools.

2.1 Abduction.

2.2 Hypothetico-deductive method.

2.3 Dialectic.

2.4 Analogies.

2.5 Anomalies and exceptions that prove the rule.

2.6 Intuition pumps.

2.7 Logical constructions.

2.8 Reduction.

2.9 Thought experiments.

2.10 Useful fictions.

3. Tools for Assessment.

3.1 Alternative explanations.

3.2 Ambiguity.

3.3 Bivalence and the excluded middle.

3.4 Category mistakes.

3.5 Ceteris paribus.

3.6 Circularity.

3.7 Conceptual incoherence.

3.8 Counterexamples.

3.9 Criteria.

3.10 Error theory.

3.11 False dichotomy.

3.12 False cause.

3.13 Genetic fallacy.

3.14 Horned dilemmas.

3.15 Is/ought gap.

3.16 Masked man fallacy.

3.17 Partners in guilt.

3.18 Principle of charity.

3.19 Question-begging.

3.20 Reductios.

3.21 Redundancy.

3.22 Regresses.

3.23 Saving the phenomena.

3.24 Self-defeating arguments.

3.25 Sufficient reason.

3.26 Testability.

4. Tools for Conceptual Distinctions.

4.1 A priori/a posteriori.

4.2 Absolute/relative.

4.3 Analytic/synthetic

4.4 Categorical/modal.

4.5 Conditional/biconditional.

4.6 De re/de dicto.

4.7 Defeasible/indefeasible.

4.8 Entailment/implication.

4.9 Essence/accident.

4.10 Internalism/externalism.

4.11 Knowledge by acquaintance/description.

4.12 Necessary/contingent.

4.13 Necessary/sufficient.

4.14 Objective/subjective.

4.15 Realist/non-realist.

4.16 Sense/reference.

4.17 Syntax/semantics.

4.18 Thick/thin concepts.

4.19 Types/tokens.

5. Tools of Historical Schools and Philosophers.

5.1 Aphorism, fragment, remark.

5.2 Categories and specific differences.

5.3 Elenchus and aporia.

5.4 Hume's fork.

5.5 Indirect discourse.

5.6 Leibniz's law of identity.

5.7 Ockham's razor.

5.8 Phenomenological method(s).

5.9 Signs and signifiers.

5.10 Transcendental argument.

6. Tools for Radical Critique.

6.1 Class critique.

6.2 Deconstruction and the critique of presence.

6.3 Empiricist critique of metaphysics.

6.4 Feminist critique.

6.5 Foucaultian critique of power.

6.6 Heideggerian critique of metaphysics.

6.7 Lacanian critique.

6.8 Critiques of naturalism.

6.9 Nietzschean critique of Christian-Platonic culture.

6.10 Pragmatist critique.

6.11 Sartrean critique of 'bad faith'.

7. Tools at the Limit.

7.1 Basic beliefs.

7.2 Gödel and incompleteness.

7.3 Philosophy and/as art.

7.4 Mystical experience and revelation.

7.5 Paradoxes.

7.6 Possibility and impossibility.

7.7 Primitives.

7.8 Self-evident truths.

7.9 Scepticism.

7.10 Underdetermination.

Internet Resources for Philosophers.

Index.

  • For the second edition, many of the volume’s original 87 entries have been enhanced, extended and updated, an entirely new section has been added on methods drawn from the history of philosophy, and the suggestions for further reading have been expanded
  • This edition has a broad, pluralistic approach--appealing to readers in both continental philosophy and the history of philosophy, as well as analytic philosophy. In this second edition, greater attention is paid to continental philosophy and history of philosophy than in the first edition
"The Philosopher's Toolkit is a very good book. It could be highly useful for both introductory courses in philosophy, or philosophical methodology, as well as independent study for anyone interested in the methods of argument, assessment and criticism used in contemporary analytic philosophy. It is unique in approach, and written in a pleasant and considerate tone. Its authors are both competent philosophers, and the book visibly reflects their deep sympathy to the discipline and their appreciation of its unique character. This book will help one to get going to do philosophy, but more advanced students might find this text helpful too. I wish I had had access to this book as an undergraduate." (Teaching Philosophy)

"This book is ... an encyclopedia of philosophy. It should be of great use as a quick and accurate reference guide to the skill of philosophy, especially for beginners, but also for instructors ... highly recommended." (Choice)

"Its choice of tools for basic argument ... is sound, while further tools for argument ... move through topics and examples concisely and wittily... Sources are well chosen and indicated step by step. Sections are cross-referenced (making it better than the Teach Youself "100 philosophical concepts") and supported by a useful index." (Reference Reviews)

"...the average person who is interested in arguments and logic but who doesn't have much background in philosophy would certainly find this book useful, as would anyone teaching a course on arguments, logic, and reasoning. Even introductory courses on philosophy in general might benefit because the book lays out so many of the conceptual "tools" which will prove necessary over students' careers." (About.com)

  • Provides necessary intellectual equipment to engage with and participate in philosophical argument and criticism
  • Features significantly updated and expanded entries, as well as an entirely new section drawn from methods in the history of philosophy
  • This edition has a broad, pluralistic approach--appealing to readers in both continental philosophy and the history of philosophy, as well as analytic philosophy
  • Explains difficult concepts in an easily accessible manner, and addresses the use and application of these concepts
  • Proven useful to philosophy students at both beginning and advanced levels