The Art of Reasoning: Exploring the nature of reason, sense and nonsense
Chris Jervis leads us in a workshop on making a good argument
In this presentation / workshop, Chris will explore two principal routes in Western philosophical reasoning. When we try to present an argument - be it polemical, rhetorical or otherwise - we often imagine that we are being 'reasonable' such that anyone with good sense would surely agree with us. But what is 'reason'? What is 'sense'? Furthermore, can we trust our senses to be the only guide, a reliable guide or misguided when we seek to find a compelling foundation for understanding our world?
We commonly appeal to sense and common-sense to support a case, and describe contrary reasons as nonsense. Chris will try to unpack these terms and some of the ways in which they are misused or inadequately understood.
Come along and sharpen up your critical faculties and your powers of reasoning.
An accessible exercise with clear benefits for all.