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Book: The Five Principles of Middle Way Philosophy

Chapter: g. Weighing Up

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.44171


Weighing up is the final process of making practical judgements when these are required, a process that can be contrasted with that of merely deducing our conclusion. The process of weighing up involves determining comparative justification through both ‘positive’ elements that do involve reasoning (comparing options with criteria and with evidence) and ‘negative’ elements that determine the range of conditions considered by contextualizing beyond absolute assumptions. Deductions are often less important because are only about distinctions we identify with rather than practical outcomes.

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  • Robert Ellis ( - rmellis) 'Middle Way Society'