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• What does the word argument mean to What you? you? Is the word “argument” positive, negative, Is or both to you? • Critical Critical thinkers use the word “argument” to refer to a conclusion (claim or position) that someone has about a particular issue. has conclusion is supported with reasons (premises). (premises). a person has a conclusion but offers no reasons to explain how he has arrived at such a conclusion, then he has made only a statement, not an argument not This This If If An Argument Has Three Parts: An
1. 1. 1. Issue Conclusion (claim, position, your stand) Reasons (premises) 1. Issue
• • How do you find the issue? Two simple ways to find the issue are as follows: 1. Put the topic into a question form Should smoking be banned in restaurants? Should college students be punished for absence Should and tardiness? and Finding the issue …
2. Use the statement “The issue is whether ______” The issue is whether smoking should be banne...
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