The Book of Bad Arguments

6 Pages Posted: 30 May 2017

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Zachary Mayo

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

R. Edward Freeman

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

Signe Olsson

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

Andrew Wicks

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

Jared D. Harris

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

Samuel Slover

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

Bidhan L. Parmar

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

Jenny Mead

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

Abstract

This note, intended to accompany the short booklet An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments, discusses the logical framework behind argumentation and presents the basic logical rules necessary to reach sound conclusions. Throughout, it refers to the philosophical foundations of logical reasoning and attempts to address these concepts in the framework of management.By the end, diligent students should be able to identify the necessary structure and components of a sound argument—as well as the fatal attraction of unsound arguments—and be able to apply these ideas to create long-term value as leaders of firms and organizations.

Excerpt

UVA-E-0408

Rev. Feb. 16, 2016

The Book of Bad Arguments

This note is intended to accompany the short booklet An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments. It discusses the logical framework behind argumentation and presents the basic logical rules necessary to reach sound conclusions. Throughout, it refers to the philosophical foundations of logical reasoning and attempts to address these concepts in the framework of management.

By the end, diligent students should be able to identify the necessary structure and components of a sound argument—as well as the fatal attraction of unsound arguments—and be able to apply these ideas to create long-term value as leaders of firms and organizations.

Logic

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Keywords: ethics, logic, argument, socratic method

Suggested Citation

Mayo, Zachary and Freeman, R. Edward and Olsson, Signe and Wicks, Andrew and Harris, Jared D. and Slover, Samuel and Parmar, Bidhan L. and Mead, Jenny, The Book of Bad Arguments. Darden Case No. UVA-E-0408. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2974204

Zachary Mayo

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

P.O. Box 6550
Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550
United States

R. Edward Freeman

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business ( email )

P.O. Box 6550
Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550
United States
804-924-0935 (Phone)
804-924-6378 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www.darden.virginia.edu/faculty/freeman.htm

Signe Olsson

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

P.O. Box 6550
Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550
United States

Andrew Wicks (Contact Author)

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business ( email )

P.O. Box 6550
Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.darden.virginia.edu/faculty/wicks.htm

Jared D. Harris

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business ( email )

P.O. Box 6550
Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550
United States

HOME PAGE: http://faculty.darden.virginia.edu/harrisj

Samuel Slover

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

P.O. Box 6550
Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550
United States

Bidhan L. Parmar

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business ( email )

P.O. Box 6550
Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550
United States

Jenny Mead

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business ( email )

P.O. Box 6550
Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550
United States

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