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1084001notesweek7 © 1 Dr Mc’s Philosophy 001 (1084) Lecture Notes, Week 7 © Assignment #4 is posted and due next week by the second break. Result of, and comments on, the first midterm available next week. Argument Analysis 1. Decide whether an argument is being offered. -if not, stop here. -if so, go on to Step 2. 2. Reconstruct the argument. 3. Fine-tune the argument. 4. Evaluate the argument. we are here! If the argument is not well-formed, make sure you have reconstructed it charitably. If there is no reasonable way to make it well-formed, you may reject it. If the argument is well-formed, turn your attention to its premises . If you don’t agree with the conclusion, why not simply criticize it directly? -you would not be evaluating the argument presented. If the conclusion is not reasonable for you to accept, you should say about why the argument fails. (Chapter 7, I, A) If the argument is valid and its conclusion unreasonable for you to believe, then one of its premises must not be reasonable for you to believe. Example:
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2011 for the course PHIL 1 taught by Professor Jillianmcdonald during the Winter '10 term at Simon Fraser.

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