For the Sake of Argument

Academic philosophy can be puzzling to newcomers. The conventions, terms, and expectations entrenched among philosophers aren’t always clear from the outside. Why are philosophers so preoccupied with finding “the truth”—doesn’t everyone have their own philosophy? Is philosophy so deep and difficult that its literature has to be incomprehensible? What kinds of arguments can there be for a philosophical position? Where does the evidence come from? Why is there so much jargon—wouldn’t it be better to do away with it altogether? Best-selling author and retired philosophy professor Robert Martin answers these questions and many more, offering a practical guide to arguing and writing philosophically. Anecdotes, jokes, asides, digressions, oddments, and entertainments are included throughout, resulting in an informal introduction that doesn’t shy away from the nuts and bolts of philosophical argument.

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    For the Sake of Argument: Introduction
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    Chapter 1: Truth
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    Chapter 2: The Right Way to Argue
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    Chapter 3: Writing Philosophy: Why and How
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    Chapter 4: Good and Bad Writing
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    Chapter 5: How Arguments Work
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    Chapter 6: “That's Like Arguing”
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    Chapter 7: Where You Get True Premises: The Obvious
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    Chapter 8: Where You Get True Premises: Authorities
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    Chapter 9: Where You Get True Premises: Analysis
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    Chapter 10: The Thought Experiment
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    Chapter 11: Inference to the Best Explanation
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    Afterword
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    Appendix 1: Some Very Brief Suggestions about Further Reading
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    Appendix 2: Forms for Footnotes and Biliography
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    Notes
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    Glossary
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