Two: Session Two
- People may have different, even conflicting purposes when reasoning.
It is important to clarify the purpose each has. For instance,
when buying a new car, the customer has a different purpose from
- It is important to identify the best purpose. For instance,
you may be evaluating different universities in order to decide
which is the best one for you to attend. Is your purpose to stay
close to your boyfriend or girlfriend? Is it to attend the best
party school? Is it to get as far away from home as possible?
Or, is it to find the best reputation or the school with a good
placement record in your major, or the finest teachers
- The primary purpose
in all reasoning should be to discover what is true. But often
we have other motives. For instance, we may want to win an argument.
We may be trying to justify a preconceived idea. Or we may simply
be trying to protect our ego
- Regarding the purpose, consider the following:
- Take time to state your purpose clearly.
- Distinguish your purpose from related purposes.
- Check periodically to be sure you are still on target.
- Choose significant and realistic purposes.