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UNIT 2 HANDOUT 1 MAPPING ARGUMENTS Dr. S. DEO Argument mapping is a process wherein arguments are represented visually by breaking the argument into its premises and conclusions and information. Steps to map an argument: 1. Premise(s), conclusion(s), information is identified and numbered. 2. Logical connectives indicating reasons and conclusions are encircled. 3. Each statement is written in its categorical form, that is, without any binary logical connectives. 4. These statements have to be declarative. That is, no questions, exclamation etc. 5. Each statement is then put is a box. 6. No two statements can be written in one box. EXAMPLE OF ARGUMENT MAPPING Example: Amit is not an animal lover as Amit tortures animals. Top box will have the conclusion. Two boxes beneath that will have the reasons. First is the reason as is stated in the argument and the other box will have a universal statement that is the hidden premise which make the argument Deductive. The above argument can also have a second premise ‘Amit beats dogs’ and its hidden premise ‘All those who beat dogs are not animal lovers’. Hidden premise is termed co-premise. RABBIT RULE: Dr. S. Deo Page 1 Amit is not an animal lover Amit tortures animals All those who torture animals are not animal lovers.
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  • Spring '18
  • Logic, DR. S. DEO

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