Oct14 - Argument analysis 1. interpretation 2....

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Argument analysis 1. interpretation 2. identification 3. structure 4. evaluation Identification Once we have determined the meaning of a particular passage we must determine whether it is an argument. Near Arguments Reports of arguments are easily confused for arguments. (97) Sam thinks he won’t get the job because he doesn’t have enough experience. (report) (98) Sam won’t get the job because he doesn’t have enough experience. (argument) (99) Dennett contends that the Cartesian picture of the mind as a distinct substance from the body is bankrupt because it cannot explain mind/body interactions and it is antiscientific. As stated, this is a report of an argument presented by Daniel Dennett. It could be offered as an argument also. For example, it might appear in a student essay, the point of which is to reject Cartesian dualism. The argument is not original however, and so is attributed to its proper source. It could be rephrased as follows: The Cartesian picture of the mind as a distinct substance from the body is inadequate for two reasons. First, it fails to account for interactions between the mind and body. Second, it is antiscientific. This argument is due to Daniel Dennett and I agree with his reasoning. Explanations Explanations and arguments both have the form of evidence being provided to support some statement. They even use the same indicator words: since, because, hence, etc. They differ in that the statement for which the evidence is provided is not in question in
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