Lecture 2_Recognizing arguments

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Unformatted text preview: Lecture 2 Recognizing Arguments Patrick Maher Philosophy 102 Spring 2009 Tests for whether a passage contains an argument Fundamental test Is the author presenting some statements as reason to believe another one? Yes argument. No nonargument. Auxiliary test Does the passage contain indicator words such as therefore, since, etc.? Yes some reason to think it is an argument. No some reason to think it isnt an argument. Warning: Indicator words are only a clue, not an infallible guide. Simple examples 1 I hate broccoli! Nonargument. 2 Since I hate broccoli, I shouldnt have to eat it. Argument. Conclusion: I shouldnt have to eat broccoli. 3 It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. Nonargument. 4 Darcy is single and wealthy, so he must want a wife. Argument. Conclusion: Darcy wants a wife. 5 Although arguments are common and important, much of what is written and said is not argument at all. Rather, it is description, explanation, questioning, storytelling, or any number of other things. Nonargument. Exercise Determine which of the following passages are arguments. For those that are, identify the conclusion. Question 1 It is strongly recommended that you have your house inspected for termite damage at the earliest possible opportunity. Question 2 All events are caused, including our actions. But actions that are caused arent free choices. Therefore, none of our actions is a free choice. Question 3 Freedom of the press is the most important of our constitutionally...
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