Quality of Explanation

Julian Baggini article at Butterflies and Wheels. Subject close to my heart, but this article is mainly pointing out the rhetorical extremes between explanation and none, rather than the relative qualities of arguments.

Some good points in the article about the human need for an explanation to accept, even where there there isn’t one available of any quality.

[This is an christian evangelical example again, Billy Graham in this case. See also Scary Ted Haggard arguments justifying proselytising in the US Air Force academy story, reported here at BBC, and more references to US government and president links.]

One thought on “Quality of Explanation”

  1. I liked the article. Although he didn’t mention it, it seems he was touching on the idea that “begging the question”… assuming the truth of the conclusion in the premise, is a logical fallacy.

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