Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Just the Arguments

Call for Proposals:

Just the Arguments: 100 of the Most Important Arguments in Western Philosophy

Wiley-Blackwell is pleased to announce a call for proposals for Just the Arguments: 100 of the Most Important Arguments in Western Philosophy, edited by Michael Bruce and Steven Barbone. The completed text will be a survey and presentation of 100 of the most important arguments in Western philosophy, wherein experts will write brief encyclopedia-like entries presenting arguments in their essence, including a representative quotation, explication of the context and aim of the argument, and the argument’s logical form.

The template for each entry will be as follows:

* Start by indicating the source of the argument and where in the source text it occurs.
* Follow this with a brief introduction of the argument, describing the context, the style of argument, and why it is important. All technical terms should be defined, together with a sense of the argument’s strategy, and any elements of controversy surrounding the argument (the nature of its structure, context, aims, etc.)
* Follow this with a representative quote from the original source. When possible, this should provide enough of the argument to indicate its original form. However, such quotes should be limited to no more than 400 words such that in some cases while the quote will give an indication of the general tone of the argument, it will not present the argument in its entirety.
* Follow this with a reconstruction of the argument in basic argument form, making use of premises/conclusion(s) format.

In some cases, multiple formulations of an argument are helpful. It is not necessary to teach the rules of inference used since the book will have a logic walk-through. The intention is to keep the introduction and commentary as brief as possible, no longer than two pages. A few examples are drafted below.

Proposal Guidelines:

Tell us:

* Who are you?
* What argument(s) do you want to do and why is it important (if it is not obvious).
* How are you qualified to write it?
* Include a draft of the argument, without the supporting introduction, commentary, and excerpts (these can be added later if we decide to use the argument).

Entries and proposals should abide by the following:

* The arguments are formally valid; if an argument is invalid or questionable, show and explain why, e.g., Descartes’ proof for God.
* All inferences should indicate which premise or premises the conclusion follows from and within reason what rule of inference is being used.
* When an inference is semantically valid, that should be noted and the premise that justifies it should be indicated.
* The explications of the arguments ought to be illuminating. They should show a student what the structure is.

Proposals are due by February 1, 2009.

Email proposals and questions to: justthearguments@gmail.com
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