The second edition ofÂ Why we argueÂ (and how we should) by Robert Talisse and our own Scott Aikin is now out. You can get it here or (what’s better) at your local bookstore.
Devoted readers of this site will recognize some of the ideas, but (and perhaps I’m biased) all will appreciate its lively approach to the topic of disagreement and informal logic. It’s primary virtue is thatÂ it’s a self-aware discussion of informal reasoning–it recognizes that everyone is already familiar with the metalanguage of argument and this is what amounts to its biggest challenges.Â Along these lines, the new edition has stuff on deep disagreement, the Owl of Minerva Problem, and online arguing.
First of all, letâ€™s call affordable health care what it really is:Â Itâ€™s socialized medicine.
Iâ€™ve had an opportunity to watch the Canadian version of affordable health careÂ in action with all its limitations withÂ my Canadian husbandâ€™s family.Â A few years ago, I was startled to seeÂ the cover ofÂ Macleanâ€™s, a national Canadian magazine, showingÂ a picture of a dog on an examining table with the headline, â€œYour Dog Can Get Better Health Care Than You.â€ It went on to say that young Canadian medicalÂ students have no incentive to become doctors to humans because they canâ€™t make any money. Instead, there is a great surge of Canadian students becoming veterinarians. Thatâ€™s where the money is. A CanadianÂ animal can have timely MRIs, surgeries and any number of tests it needs to receive quality health care.