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# Chapter Six - Chapter Six Argument Analysis by Diagramming...

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Chapter Six Argument Analysis by Diagramming Simple, Serial, and Divergent Arguments: Argument Analysis – aims to clarify the relation of the premises to each other and the conclusion; may need to clarify the meaning of the premises, and also to ask what evidence sup ports the premises Steps: 1. Mark up all the statements of the argument in angle brackets and assign numbers to them consecutively 2. Look for premise or conclusion clues - circle any that are found 3. Underline the conclusion of the argument Simple Argument – an argument in which one premise is advanced in support of a conclusion Premise Conclusion Serial Argument – one or more premises supporting an intermediate conclusion, while the intermediate conclusion in turn provides support for a final conclusion Premise Intermediate Conclusion Conclusion Divergent Argument – when one premises supports two or more separate conclusions Premise Conclusion Conclusion

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