Recent Submissions

  • States of mind: Countering eliminative materialism 

    Black, John A. (Lambert Academic Publishing, 2018-09-05)
    This book examines, from a Wittgensteinian perspective, a version of eliminative materialism formerly propounded by Richard Rorty. The author argues that this view about the nature and existence of minds and mental states, ...
  • Malaspina's Meditation on Beauty in Nature 

    Black, John A. (Alexandro Malaspina Research Centre, 2011-02)
    This paper describes and assesses an essay by navigator-philosopher Alexandro Malaspina on the question of whether beauty resides in nature or in art.
  • How to build a learning community: Activate, abdicate, articulate 

    Black, John A. (University Press of America, 1999)
    This paper argues that a successful learning community requires a classroom in which students are active, a sharing of responsibility for learning between teachers and students, and clear communication about the importance ...
  • Education versus training? 

    Black, John A. (Douglas College, 1997)
    This paper argues that the division between liberal education and training for employment is a false dilemma.
  • Frozen embryos, ice-age ethics & cold comfort: A case study in the ethics of reproductive technologies 

    Black, John A. (VIU Institute of Practical Philosophy, 1996-01)
    At the beginning of this decade, a civil court case in the United States (Davis v. Davis, 1989 & 1990) raised some interesting questions about the moral underpinnings of judgments on issues resulting from the application ...
  • Teaching hypothetical/deductive reasoning in radiologic technology: Explanation games and other classroom methods 

    Black, John A.; Dowd, Steven B. (CAMRT, 1992-10)
    Teaching strategies for radiologic technology education can be enhanced by the use of metacognitive techniques which promote real-world critical thinking. The aim of these techniques is to encourage students to develop ...
  • Quantifying support 

    Black, John A. (University of Windsor, 1991)
    This article explores a mapping of the formal probability calculus onto the informal logic concepts of acceptability and sufficiency, concluding that while this approach is technically feasible, its value for understanding ...
  • Whatever happened to baby logic? 

    Black, John A. (ISSA, 1991)
    This paper argues that the inclusion of formal logic into introductory critical thinking courses can be self-defeating.
  • Primary and secondary indicators 

    Black, John A. (ACTIR, 1990-10)
    This article argues for greater terminological exactitude in describing words used to indicate the presence and structure of reasoned arguments.
  • What is critical thinking? 

    Black, John A. (ACTIR, 1989-10)
    This article argues for a conception of critical thinking incorporating both technical skills and autonomy of thought.
  • Wittgenstein and empiricism about other minds 

    Black, John A. (Simon Fraser University, 1975-09)
    I compare two approaches to the refutation of skepticism about other minds. One is due to Wittgenstein, the other stems from the writings of such philosophers as Rorty, Putnam and the identity-theorists; the latter view I ...