W5-a-composing a short argument - Sample Argument The evils...

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Composing a Short Composing a Short Argument Argument Some General Rules Some General Rules Chapter 1 Chapter 1 Weston, A. (2000). Weston, A. (2000). A rulebook for A rulebook for arguments. arguments. Indianapolis, IN: Indianapolis, IN: Hackett Hackett
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Premises and Conclusions Premises and Conclusions Making an Argument Determine what you are trying to prove Conclusion is statement for which you are giving reasons Statements explaining reasons are premises
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Writing a Short Argument Writing a Short Argument Present ideas in a natural order Write one or two paragraphs There are 2 ways to write your argument: 1. Write conclusion first followed by reasons 2. Give reasons , then draw a conclusion
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Unformatted text preview: Sample Argument The evils of the world are due to moral defects quite as much as to lack of intelligence . But the human race has not discovered any method of getting rid of moral defectsIntelligence, on the other hand, is easily improved by methods known to every competent educator. Therefore , until some method of teaching virtue has been discovered, progress will have to be sought by improvement of intelligence rather than morals . Composing a Short Argument Composing a Short Argument Start from reliable premises Be concrete and concise Avoid loaded language Use consistent terms Stick to one meaning for each term...
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