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Lecture One: Conceptual Analysis I

Modes Of Reasoning
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MODR 1730
Philip Mac Ewen

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MODR 1730: Reasoning About Social Issues. Winter 2012
Lecture One: Conceptual Analysis
January 18, 2012
Conceptual Analysis and the Fallacies
All fallacies have a conceptual component
-People who commit fallacies do not understand the importance of relevant evidence
-People who commit fallacies do not understand the ideas of unification or equivocation
-People who commit fallacies do not understand the meaning of context
Normally, people commit fallacies unintentionally
-Through use of conceptual analysis, we can determine where we went wrong and help
eliminate the possibility of this occurring in the future
Three Types of Questions
Informational/Factual Questions
-Seeking out factual information from someone
Normative/Prescriptive Questions
-Asking about the value of something
-Which is the best, better, worst ect ways to do something, go somewhere ect
Conceptual Questions
- Trying to understand the concept of something, or the idea of something.
Mixed Questions
-These are questions that ask more that one type of question
-These must have answers that are assessed and answered separately
Conceptual analysis deals with the third type of question, which is a conceptual
The Nine Steps of Conceptual Analysis
Model Cases
These are cases, examples or instances of the concept concerned
-This is used to help explain the concept
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