Argument - Their conclusions do not follow from their...

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Argument Taken in part from Jim Pryor Under a creative commons license
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An argument is not the same thing as a quarrel.
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The goal of an argument is to offer good reasons in support of your conclusion , reasons that all parties to your dispute can accept.
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Nor is an argument just the denial of what the other person says.
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You haven't yet produced an argument against your opponent until you offer some reasons that show him [or her] to be wrong.
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When assessing another person’s argument. . . . . Understand the overall concept Underline key words Look for qualifiers (likely, maybe, possibly) Look for supporting reasons Look for underlying assumptions
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Bad arguments Their premises are false
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Unformatted text preview: Their conclusions do not follow from their premises. Everyone in the world hates America; therefore, we should isolate ourselves from our enemies. Many professors have liberal opinions that they express in their classes; therefore, we should censor professors from sharing their stupid opinions. Constructing a good argument Have a good claim Debatable More than a statement of fact Includes appropriate qualifiers Innovative Works to convince Give reasons Reasons should be clearly linked to the claim The number varies Provide evidence References to experts Representative examples Data...
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This note was uploaded on 06/20/2008 for the course IAH 201 taught by Professor Dontknow during the Spring '05 term at Michigan State University.

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