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Steps of Argument Analysis. 1. Decide if there is an argument. 2. Reconstruct the argument a. Identify the conclusion. b. Identify explicit premises. c. Check to see if it’s well formed. If it is, go onto step 3. If it’s not,  go to step 2d. d. Add implicit premises as necessary to make the argument well- formed. They should be reasonable to accept, sufficiently  general, and faithful to the intentions of the author. e. You might come up with different formulations, at which time  you need to use your own judgment.  3. Fine-tune the reconstruction. a. Clarify the wording of the argument, and, if possible, make the  argument conform to one of the standard patterns of argument. b. Add justifications for each line of the argument. For each line  state whether it’s an explicit or implicit premise, or which  previous lines of the argument it follows from.
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