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ERIC Number: EJ923998
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jul
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-0039-3746
Peirce and the Art of Reasoning
Anderson, Doug
Studies in Philosophy and Education, v24 n3-4 p277-289 Jul 2005
Drawing on Charles Peirce's descriptions of his correspondence course on the "Art of Reasoning," I argue that Peirce believed that the study of logic stands at the center of a liberal arts education. However, Peirce's notion of logic included much more than the traditional accounts of deduction and syllogistic reasoning. He believed that the art of reasoning required a study of both abductive and inductive inference as well the practice of observation and imagination. Employing these other features of logic, his course foreshadowed a number of developments in twentieth century educational theory: the belief that non-traditional students should be educated, the claim that the art of reasoning (or critical reasoning) was important to all theoretical practices, and that the art of reasoning was important to the overall growth of a person. The upshot is that Peirce's course in the art of reasoning should make us reconsider making logic courses, under Peirce's broad conception of logic, required courses in high school and higher education.
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Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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