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Philosophic Thoughts

Essays on Logic and Philosophy


Gary James Jason

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.
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15. My review of: The Foundations of Psychoanalysis


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My review of: The Foundations of Psychoanalysis

(by Adolf Grunbaum, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1984) first appeared in California Review, June 1985

Conservative and other rightist scholars have often been accused of misusing science for their hidden agendas. One thinks here, for instance, of recent attacks on IQ research, eugenics, and sociobiology by such writers as Steven Jay Gould, Carl Sagan, Ashley Montague, and so on. Indeed, movements like eugenics are often quite ugly and without scientific merit.

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