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ERIC Number: EJ980343
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Sep
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1857
Two Forms of Philosophical Argument or Critique
Marshall, James D.
Educational Philosophy and Theory, v36 n4 p459-469 Sep 2004
In this paper the author looks at two forms of philosophical argument or critique. These are derived by himself from the work of the late Kantian scholar, Stephan Korner who, in his book "What is Philosophy?" (1969), draws a number of distinctions between different forms of "philosophical" argument or critique. The two forms of derived argument, and the critiques which the author uses here, will be called internal and external critique. The author considers English novelist and literary critic Colin Wilson's arguments against Camus. Wilson's arguments are very broad brush, and mainly of the "external" kind. The author also looks at the arguments of Dr. Elizabeth Rata, a researcher at Auckland College of Education, against postmodernism. They appear at first sight to be of the broad-brush kind of Wilson, though her arguments are in one sense more internal, and more particular. But, the author argues that she lacks a coherent internal critique either of postmodernism or of those authors whom she sees as postmodernists. The first part of the paper, then, looks mainly at Wilson's critique of Camus (Wilson, 1998) and the second part looks at Elizabeth Rata's (2002) treatment or "dismissal" of postmodernism. The final part or conclusion returns to evaluate the validity of external critiques. (Contains 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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