ARGCRIT - Reconstructing and Evaluating Arguments. I....

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Reconstructing and Evaluating Arguments. I. Reconstruction. 1. Identify the Conclusion. (i) Use key words ("hence", "therefore", etc.) if they are present. (ii) Ask yourself, "What is being argued for here?" (iii) Be sure you put the conclusion in statement form . 2. Identify the Explicit Premises. (i) Use key words ("since", "because", etc.) if they are present. (ii) Ask yourself, "Does this support the conclusion?" (iii) Be sure these are all in statement form as well. 3. Add necessary Tacit Premises. (i) Consider the premises and conclusion carefully: you must bridge any gaps between them. (ii) Look for general, plausible principles that will bridge the gap- Ask yourself, "Why would the author have thought that these premises supported this conclusion?" (iii) If all else fails, use the Universal Tacit Premise. II. Evaluation. 1. Plausibility of Premises. (i) Consider each premise and ask yourself if it's plausible (if you have good reason to suppose it's true). (ii)
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This note was uploaded on 04/12/2010 for the course MGT 3460 taught by Professor Ebenezerasem during the Spring '10 term at University of Lethbridge.

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