Further Helpful Web Links

Chapter 1: "The Parts of Public Thinking: Deductive Argument"

1. A comprehensive online resource to use while working through this textbook is The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy at http://www.iep.utm.edu/. Most relevant to this chapter are the articles, “Argument”, “Deductive and Inductive Arguments” and “Validity and Soundness”.

2. The Latin terminology used in philosophical discourse can be daunting at first. If you encounter words or phrases that you don’t know, and that don’t look like English, they are probably Latin.  To check for definitions, go to http://en.wikipedia.org

3.  http://www.jimpryor.net/teaching/vocab/validity.html provides a straightforward overview of arguments and valid forms.

4. There are some exercises available at http://www.sfu.ca/philosophy that will give you the opportunity to gain a clearer understanding of necessary and sufficient conditions.