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Unformatted text preview: Passage 10 1. b) Explanation. For it to be an explanation, there must some account of the causes of an event. In this case, the dogs behaviour is being explained by the dogs desire. See pp. 9296. Good Reasoning Matters! A Constructive Approach to Critical Thinking, Fifth Edition Oxford University Press Canada, 2012 Passage 11 1. a) Argument. For it to be an argument, there must be some point that is controversial or in dispute. In this case, it seems that the acquisition not going ahead is a controversial issue, as the passage reports reasons Edgar has given for this claim. See pp. 8485, 8791, 9396. 2. a) Simple. A simple argument consists of a single conclusion, with a set of premises that support it. In this case, there is just one conclusion: that the acquisition isnt going ahead. See p. 82. 3. b) The acquisition isnt going ahead. The conclusion is the claim that all other claims in the argument ultimately establish. The claim that the acquisition isnt going ahead is the one that all claims in the argument try to establish. So, it is the conclusion. See pp. 8485. 4. a) Conclusion: The acquisition isnt going ahead. Premise 1: Edgar doesnt believe in their figures. Premise 2: Edgar thinks hes just doing his due diligence. Premise 3: Edgar said that not signing the deal would be the only way to keep from getting fired. Premise 4: Getting fired wouldnt do anyone any good. A conclusion is whatever receives support from another claim; a premise is whatever gives support to another claim. See pp. 89, 93, 95 for examples....
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