Toulmin, Stephen Edelston

▪ British philosopher
born March 25, 1922, London

      English philosopher and educator noted for his study of the history of ideas. He was concerned with describing prescriptive language—that is, imperative sentences and value judgments used for ethical statements—while holding that ethics, or the logical study of moral language, cannot be reduced to subjective or objective facts but is a unique expression of duty or right.

      Educated at Cambridge University (D.Phil. in philosophy, 1948), he lectured at Oxford before becoming department head and professor at the University of Leeds (1955–59) and then director of the Nuffield Foundation (1960–64). Moving to the United States, Toulmin taught at Brandeis University (1965–69), Michigan State University (1969–72), the University of California, Santa Cruz (1972–73), the University of Chicago (1973–86), and Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill. He was the author or coauthor of An Examination of the Place of Reason in Ethics (1950), The Ancestry of Science, vol. I, The Fabrics of the Heavens (1961), vol. II, The Architecture of Matter (1962), and vol. III, The Discovery of Time (1965), Human Understanding (1972), Knowing and Acting (1976), An Introduction to Reasoning (1979), and The Return of Cosmology (1982).

* * *


Universalium. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Stephen Edelston Toulmin — (* 25. März 1922 in London) ist ein amerikanischer Philosoph britischer Herkunft. Mit seinem Buch The Uses of Argument (1958) gilt Toulmin als Begründer der Argumentationstheorie. Toulmin ist Professor an der University of Southern California. Am …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Stephen Toulmin — Stephen Edelston Toulmin (born March 25, 1922) is a British philosopher, author, and educator. Influenced by the Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, Toulmin devoted his works to the analysis of moral reasoning. Throughout his writings, he… …   Wikipedia

  • Stephen Toulmin — Stephen Edelston Toulmin ( Londres, 25 de marzo de 1922 Los Ángeles, 4 de diciembre de 2009) fue un pensador inglés, nacionalizado estadounidense. Influido por el pensador austríaco Ludwig Wittgenstein, Toulmin dedicó su trabajo al análisis del… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Toulmin — Stephen Edelston Toulmin (* 25. März 1922 in London) ist ein amerikanischer Philosoph britischer Herkunft. Mit seinem Buch The Uses of Argument (1958) gilt Toulmin als Begründer der Argumentationstheorie. Toulmin ist Professor an der University… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Stephen Toulmin — Stephen Edelston Toulmin (* 25. März 1922 in London; † 4. Dezember 2009 in Los Angeles[1]) war ein amerikanischer Philosoph britischer Herkunft und einer der meistrezipierten Argumentationstheoretiker. Sein 1958 publiziertes Werk The Uses of… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Stephen Toulmin — Stephen Edelston Toulmin (né le 25 mars 1922, mort le 4 décembre 2009) est un philosophe britannique, auteur et enseignant. Influencé par le philosophe autrichien Ludwig Wittgenstein, Toulmin a consacré son travail à l’analyse …   Wikipédia en Français

  • utilitarianism — /yooh til i tair ee euh niz euhm/, n. the ethical doctrine that virtue is based on utility, and that conduct should be directed toward promoting the greatest happiness of the greatest number of persons. [1820 30; UTILITARIAN + ISM] * * * Ethical… …   Universalium

  • Liste der Biografien/To — Biografien: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Teoría de la argumentación jurídica — Este artículo o sección sobre derecho necesita ser wikificado con un formato acorde a las convenciones de estilo. Por favor, edítalo para que las cumpla. Mientras tanto, no elimines este aviso puesto el 28 de enero de 2008. También puedes a …   Wikipedia Español

  • rationalism — rationalist, n. rationalistic, rationalistical, adj. rationalistically, adv. /rash euh nl iz euhm/, n. 1. the principle or habit of accepting reason as the supreme authority in matters of opinion, belief, or conduct. 2. Philos. a. the doctrine… …   Universalium

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.