Learning to ask good questions

September 13, 2017

Something to think about for those starting their dissertations. 

 

"Weinberg goes on to identify some of the ways that philosophy goes about creating new questions:

 

Reinvention — bringing attention to a forgotten or neglected question by asking it in a new way.

 

Application — reformulating a version of a known philosophical question so as to apply it to a new domain and, in doing so, bringing new considerations into play.

 

Specification — showing that a known philosophical question is ambiguous or incomplete by making relevant distinctions and articulating the other questions whose answers are needed in order to clarify or complete the first one.

 

Inauguration — asking a question that creates a new area of philosophical inquiry."

 

 

For the full article, see here.

 

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