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The Argument Guide

This site provides a field guide for the identification and critical evaluation of all kinds of arguments and commonly recurring types of problem or question. The Argument Guide is really a pair of “field guides” structured as identification keys. One is a guide to the full range of arguments, from the deductive inferences common to mathematical proofs to the statistical and causal arguments that shape public policy, to the wild and woolly inferences when draw on when nothing else works. For each kind of argument in the guide, you’ll find a discussion of structure of such an argument and the conditions under which it is valid or strong. You’ll learn tips for spotting arguments of that sort, and what questions to ask anyone trying to convince you of a claim by appealing to such an argument.... Show More


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