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What is it to engage in reasoning, and why is it important to reason well? We can dismiss the sophist's answer "to persuade", since not all persuading is a form of reasoning. To eliminate... bad reasoning is to eliminate at least one cause of ineffective action - careless thinking leads to careless doing. Less practical but more basic are the answers concerned with using reason to examine our ideas about what is true, or worthy of belief, and to know for oneself what to believe and do.
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Module code and title: A101, An arts foundation course
Item code: A101; 02
Recording date: 1978-01-06
First transmission date: 21-02-1978
Published: 1978
Rights Statement: Rights owned or controlled by The Open University
Restrictions on use: This material can be used in accordance with The Open University conditions of use. A link to the conditions can be found at the bottom of all OUDA web pages.
Duration: 00:17:52
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Producer: Prudence Smith
Contributor: Colin Lyas
Publisher: BBC Open University
Keyword(s): Argument; Belief; Persuasion; Reason; Truth
Master spool number: TLN01950H381
Production number: TLN01950H381
Available to public: no