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Wednesday, May 6 Today, we will discuss: - A brief review of yesterday - 2.1 Paraphrasing Arguments - The photocopy on diagramming arguments - 2.3 Complex Argumentative Passages - 2.4 Problems in Reasoning We might not cover all of this. If we don't, we'll finish it up tomorrow.
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A Brief Review Yesterday, we talked about: - How Arguments are comprised of a set of Propositions arranged such that one or more propositions support the Conclusion of the argument. - How to use a bunch of different things (indicator words, the context, premises in non-declarative form, and possible missing propositions) to identify arguments, and to keep in mind that some collections of propositions might be just explanations, not arguments. - The difference between deductive arguments and inductive arguments, and we talked about validity.
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2.1 Paraphrasing Arguments We've looked at and dealt with some simple arguments, and hopefully we're all getting good enough at dealing with those. However, arguments can get quite complex, so we need a process to help us break larger arguments down into manageable chunks. When dealing with an unknown passage that you need to analyze, I suggest something like this: 1) Identify indicator words, and other clues to indicate whether or not you're dealing with an argument. 2) Determine whether or not there is an argument present. 3) Number the statements in the argument.
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Paraphrasing Arguments (con't) 4) Identify the conclusion.
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