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Tutorial’s aim: to help you spot and identify rhetorical “arguments” of the types in Chapter 6. It’s both an art and a science; depending on an understanding of how arguments work, knowledge of the various rhetorical devices, as well as an ‘eye’ for differentiating these tactics from one another and from good arguments. Chapter 6 tutorial
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(1) identify the conclusion. (2) Next, inspect the way the argument tries to support this conclusion. (3) Ask self – what’s the support? And how it is tied to the conclusion. Defense lawyer Robert Baker, at the O.J. Simpson civil trial: “This isn’t a fight for justice, it is a fight for money.”
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Defense lawyer Robert Baker, at the O.J. Simpson civil trial: The first step in finding and identifying a rhetorical device is to identify the intended conclusion of the argument. Remember, an argument relies on an inference linking the truth of the premise(s) to the truth of the conclusion. Rhetorical devices can often be spotted by noting how the argument fails to make this inference. So, what is Baker’s conclusion here? “This isn’t a fight for justice, it is a fight for money.”
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Baker is concluding that the trial is “not about justice.” The next step in looking for rhetorical devices is to inspect the way the argument tries to prove the conclusion. A good argument will, for one thing, have relevant premises that provide good evidence that the conclusion is true. Defense lawyer Robert Baker, at the O.J.
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