Argument Indicators - Todays Topics (9/9) I. Argument...

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3/4/11 Today’s Topics (9/9) I. Argument Indicators a. Premise Indicators b. Conclusion Indicators II. “If…Then” statements are not arguments
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3/4/11 I. Argument Indicators An argument is a set of propositions, but not just any set of propositions. To distinguish arguments from other propositional sets, we often rely on argument indicators —words like ‘therefore,’ ‘since, ‘hence,’ etc.
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3/4/11 An argument In America the people appoint the legislative and the executive power and furnish the jurors who punish all infractions of the laws. The institutions are democratic, not only in their principles but in all their consequences. The people are therefore the ▶ This passage makes an argument. The word ‘therefore’ indicates that the author is trying to establish a conclusion on the basis of premises. Not an Argument In America the principle of the sovereignty of the people is neither barren nor concealed, as it is with some other nations; it is recognized by the customs and proclaimed by the laws; it spreads freely, and arrives without impediment at its most remote consequences.
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Argument Indicators - Todays Topics (9/9) I. Argument...

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