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Philosophy Professor Publishes Three Articles in New Catholic Encyclopedia

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Posted: Tuesday Apr 9, 2013

April 9, 2013

Dr. Gene Torisky, associate professor of philosophy in the Saint Vincent College department of philosophy, part of the school of humanities and fine arts, will publish three articles in the 2012-2013 Supplement to the New Catholic Encyclopedia, Ethics and Philosophy in June.

The articles are entitled, Informal Logic, The Philosophy of As-If and Psychologism.

Informal Logic involves the systematic study of everyday reasoning, especially in persuasion and rhetoric, including logical fallacies,” Dr. Torisky explained. “The Philosophy of As-If was a neo-Kantian account of the reality of scientific entities made famous by German thinker Hans Vaihinger (1852-1933). Psychologism was a 19th and 20th century movement that tried to reduce logical and other abstract concepts to facts about human nature.”

The New Catholic Encyclopedia Supplement, 2012-13: Ethics and Philosophy, expands upon and complements the scholarship in the 2003, 2nd edition of the New Catholic Encyclopedia. It features 700 (450 new and 250 updated/revised) signed, peer-reviewed articles dedicated to philosophical themes, with a focus on philosophy in the Western tradition. The four-volume publication covers a wide range of topics including ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, logic, aesthetics, philosophy of literature, art, music, political philosophy and philosophy of law. It contains numerous articles of special interest to Catholic thought and culture covering such areas as the philosophical aspects of love, hope, wisdom, marriage, friendship, death, pain and suffering, the human person and the human soul and the philosophy of God and religion.”

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