Standardizing Arguments and Argument Identifiers

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Standardizing Arguments and Argument Identifiers Lecture 3 Dec 27, 2006 Many people dislike the effort and trouble it takes to standardize arguments. Why do we need to standardize arguments? a. Take out most important part of a reading to isolate an argument. b. Necessary because often many philosophical works are difficult to understand. c. When an argument is pulled out and placed in standardized form it is much easier to understand and evaluate. d. Do this for every major argument of all the works read for each class. I. Identifying Premises and Conclusions 1. There are many ways a person can present the same idea. 2. Might involve taking rhetorical questions and translating them into declarative sentences. In doing so lose humour, writing style and possibly the "power" but it is necessary in order to evaluate arguments. 3. Need to be able to do this to evaluate the arguments. II. Identifying the Conclusion of an Argument After you realize someone is trying to convince you of an argument you should ask "What is that person trying to convince me of?" ie. Conclusion = the answer.
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This note was uploaded on 12/02/2009 for the course PHIL 1010 taught by Professor Outlaw during the Spring '08 term at Georgia State University, Atlanta.

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