100-07-08 Defining and Identifying Arguments and their Parts

100-07-08 Defining and Identifying Arguments and their...

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Defining and Identifying Arguments and their Parts 1. Logic deals with correct reasoning and argumentation; before we get to what makes arguments correct we need an idea of what an argument is and what its functional parts are: let’s begin with the dictionary: From Miriam Webster’s ONLINE: Main Entry: ar·gu·ment Function: noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin argumentum, from arguere 1 obsolete : an outward sign : INDICATION 2 a : a reason given in proof or rebuttal b : discourse intended to persuade 3 a : the act or process of arguing : ARGUMENTATION b : a coherent series of statements leading from a premise to a conclusion c : QUARREL , DISAGREEMENT 4 : an abstract or summary especially of a literary work <an argument preceded the poem> 5 : the subject matter especially of a literary work 6 a : one of the independent variables upon whose value that of a function depends b : a substantive (as the direct object of a transitive verb) that is required by a predicate in grammar c : AMPLITUDE 4 1
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II. The idea of argument we will use is that indicted
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course PHL 100 taught by Professor Boyle during the Spring '08 term at University of Toronto.

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