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“By arguing through a problem we are forced to understand it better.

” (Lesson 2, PP 1, Slide 3) Webster’s 1913 dictionary states the word ‘argue’ as: to offer reasons to support or overthrow a proposition, opinion, or measure. As well the dictionary explains it as a debate or a discussion by presenting reasons through a thought process. Taking the above phrase from the slide and the above definition, we will see how a study and ultimate understanding of philosophy will help individuals in a general way. As well, we must also clarify that an argument in the philosophical pretense, it is a good thing. The goal is to not ‘win’, but to find the truth in any one subject. (Slide 4) “By arguing through a problem…” The first part of the phrase offers the beginning process of thought. The preposition ‘through’ is almost an action phrase telling one to travel into and out, passing all that is within. So, by the action of arguing, we travel into a problem, observe everything from within, analyze it, and then finally, after exhaustive thought on the subject, leave. Adding in dictionary phrases, the process of travelling trough a problem by the action of arguing, one gives reason, almost as payments, to travel through the problem; reasons being, “publically accessible and open to inspection” (Woodhouse, 42). “[W]e are forced…” In the process of travelling in, through, and out of a problem subject, individuals are made to understand the subject. When one moves through a terrain or environment, one must observe the surroundings so as to safely and/or correctly traverse through. So as an argument, we are forced to observe, study, and think about the subject so as to successfully support or overthrow a problem, all the while moving from one end to the other. All of the above statements culminate in the ultimate goal of both the dictionary definition and the reason for acknowledging philosophy in the final section of the statement, “…to understand it better.” One can never fully understand any one subject or problem, but you can always gain more knowledge, more understanding. Ultimately, it is vital for any and all individuals to learn and understand the process of philosophical arguments, vital for the sole reason, with everything aside, to gain understanding and knowledge (Woodhouse, 20) To learn more of the world we live in, to know more of the life we live, and to understand more the question; ‘Why?’

Philosophy 201: Philosophy and Contemporary Ideas. Lesson 2, The Importance of Philosophy In General. Slide 3-4. "Rhetorical Strategies: Argumentation." Reading/Writing Center. Hunter College Reading/Writing Center, 23 Feb. 1999. Web. 20 Mar. 2012. <>.

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