Note #1: 9/5/12
- Fallacy Test 15% (Wednesday, October 24 )
- Question of concept analysis & Essay 25% (January 9 ) th
- Passage Analysis Final Exam 20% (End of march)
- Article Analysis & Essay 30%
- Participation 10%
- (1) Course = Argument and Argumentation (End of October) : What is an
- (2) Conceptual Analysis = (Start November): How to use words: in a clear
- (3) Article Analysis: just evaluate the argument.
Course is not about content
- Skills based course
- Introduction to argument
- Conceptual Analysis
- Textual Analysis
What is an argument?
- An argument is made up of two or more statements
- One claim = conclusion
- The other claim is a premises (reason)
/____\ Conclusion (roof)
| | Argument (pillars)
A Claim has to be either true or false: it cannot be both. If it is both, then it is a
contradiction. It’s either hot or not hot. Reason must fall into criteria, in order for it
to be a good argument.
1. Your reason must be relevant
2. Your reason must be acceptable (It assumes that we are rationally mature)
3. Your reason must be sufficient
Example of argument:
P1: All men are mortal.
P2: Socrates is a man.
C: Therefore, Socrates is mortal.
A flaw within the argument (mistake of reasoning): a fallacy is only within premises,
Ad Hominem: attack on the person
Begging the question: repeating the question without giving any new information Equivocation: When a key word has two or more meanings, and changes the
structure of structure of the arg