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A pragmatic research OF ARGUMENT supplies the instruments you must comprehend casual common sense and formulate a very good argument. by means of concentrating on genuine international examples and together with beneficial research instruments comparable to workouts with solutions, a word list of universal fallacies, bankruptcy summaries, and a book-specific on-line application (available with the book), a pragmatic learn OF ARGUMENT, more suitable 7th variation will give you every little thing you must grasp the fabric comfortably. on hand with InfoTrac scholar Collections

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If a car has reliable brakes, it has brakes that work in wet weather. The brakes on my car don’t work very well in wet weather. You can see that my car does not have reliable brakes. 2. “Everyone knows what the United States will be up to this year: Electing a new president. But what will Europe be up to? ” (Timothy Garton Ash, “Europeans have forgotten what it takes to be great,” Globe and Mail, January 10, 2008) *3. When unemployment among youth goes up, hooliganism and gang violence go up too.

A conditional statement, by itself, does not constitute an argument, although conditional statements are often used in arguments. Explanation An account showing, or attempting to show, how it came to be that a fact or an event is the way it is. Frequently, explanations are given by specifying the causes of an event. An explanation is one kind of nonargument. Indicator words Words such as for, since, thus, therefore, and because, typically used in arguments to indicate that a person is reasoning from premises to a conclusion.

In this chapter, we look at the problem of identifying the premises and conclusions of arguments and see how important it is to examine carefully the particular manner in which arguments are stated. We also examine several different ways in which premises can support conclusions. To evaluate an argument, we must first understand just what the argument is. That means understanding the premises and the conclusion and how the premises are supposed to support that conclusion. If we rush into the task of evaluating an argument before we take the time to understand its premises and conclusion, we may judge prematurely and make mistakes.

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