2.12 Conclusions: Thinking Clearly

There is a moral dimension to poor thinking. Confusing arguments often lead to conflict and violence. Often this involves a great frustration on the part of one side of a discussion or the other. The study of logic can remedy this in a number of ways. First, you can take the time to think clearly through your ideas prior to sharing them. In this age of rapid social media posting, this is especially needed. Second, logic will help you clearly present your ideas. Third, it will allow you to see the logical strengths and weaknesses of your opponents. Fourth, and most importantly, along with tact and compassion your logic may help them to clarify their own thinking and come to deeper insights about the questions at hand. In an age of multiple “truths” and rampant disinformation, a logical mind can bring some calm to the storm.


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PPSC PHI 1011: The Philosopher's Quest by Daniel G. Shaw, Ph.D. is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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