Stephen Toulmin

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  • Birth

    London, England
  • Summary 1

    Toulmin was born in 1922 in London England. He was known for his notable idea called "Toulmin model". Good alma mater was King's college, Cambridge. His main interest where meta-philosophy, rhetoric, ethics, argumentation and Modernity. Toulmin married to a woman named Donna, receiving the last name Toulmin after marriage. The marriage date is unknown, but they stayed married until death.
  • Degree

    Bachelors of arts at Kings college
  • Degree

    Masters in art at the end of world war 2, and a PhD in philosophy from Cambridge University
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    Appointed University lecture

    After graduating from Cambridge, he was appointed University lecture in philosophy of science at Oxford University
  • Thesis

    Published his dissertation as "An examination of the place of reason in ethics"
  • Summary 2

    Toulmin had 18 books and 3 films. The film's where: The Perfection of Matter, The Examined Life, and, A Glorious Accident. His books include: The uses of argument, Return to reason, Cosmopolis: The Hidden Agenda, An introduction to reasoning, Human understanding, The architecture of matter, The Discovery of Time, The philosophy of science, The abuse of Casuistry, The return to cosmology, Metaphysical belief, and, An Examination of the Place of Reason in Ethics, to name a few.
  • Book

    Put out his second book "the philosophy of science: an introduction"
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    Appointed to the position of visiting professor of "history and philosophy of science" at Melbourne University in Australia
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    Professor and Head of

    Professor and head of the department of philosophy at the University of Leeds
  • Book

    Published one of his most influential books in the field of to rhetoric, "the uses of argument"
  • Visiting Professor

    Visiting professor at New York, Stanford and Columbia University
  • Director

    Hello position of director of the unit for "history of ideas" of the Nuffield foundation
  • Film

    Screenplay in "the perfection of matter"
  • Literary executor

    Served as literary executor for close friends N.R. Hanson, helping in the posthumous publication of several volumes
  • Book

    Published "human understanding: the collective use and evolution of concepts" at University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Book Collaboration

    While a professor in the committee on social thought at the University of Chicago, he collaborated with Allen Janik, a philosophy professor at La Salle University, on the book " Wittgenstein's Vienna".
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    Worked with the National Commission for the protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behaviour research, established by the United States Congress
  • Book Collaboration

    Collaborated with Albert R. Jonsen to write "The abuse of Casuistry: A history of moral reasoning"
  • Book

    Wrote the book "Cosmopolis: The Hidden Agenda of Modernity" whole holding the position of the Avalon Foundation Professor of the Humanities at Northwestern University.
  • Movie

    Actor in "A Glorious Accident"
  • Jefferson Lecture

    The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), selected Toulmin for the Jefferson Lecture, the United States Federal government's highest honor for achievement in the humanities.
  • Movie

    Actor in "the examined life"
  • Decoration

    Received the Australian decloration of science and art
  • Death

    Died of heart failure at the age of 87 in Los Angeles, California
  • Summary 3

    Toulmin devoted his works to the analysis of moral reasoning. He bought to develope practical arguments, which can be used effectively in evaluating the ethics behind moral issues. The Toulmin Model of argumentation, a diagram containing six interrelated components used for analyzing arguments, and published in his book "The Uses of Argument", was considered his most influential work, particularly in the field of rhetoric and communication, and in computer science. Source:Google