Welcome to the new How We Argue

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Target Skills

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0.1 Appreciate why you should take this course
0.2 Understand how to use this course
1.1 Define the word “argument”
1.2 Distinguish arguments from fights
1.3 Distinguish arguments from descriptions
2.1 Identify claims
2.2 Determine whether a statement is a premise, objection, or neither
2.3 Identify components of an argument
2.4 Test premises for truth
2.5 Accurately place an objection to a claim
2.6 Recognize that a bad argument can still have a true main claim
3.1 Identify & make inferences
3.2 Identify & use inference indicator words
3.3 Visualize inference indicator words
4.1 Test inferences for strength
4.2 Follow the Reason Rule
4.3 Choose the most relevant premise
5.1 / 5.2 Map and evaluate independent premises
5.3 / 5.4 Map and evaluate chain arguments
5.5 Map arguments with independent and sub-premises
6.1 Identify co-premise arguments
6.2 Identify missing reasons
6.3 Evaluate co-premise arguments
6.4 Map short co-premise arguments
M1 Identify and fix mistakes in argument maps
7.1 Identify claims that need interpretation
7.2 Systematically interpret claims
7.3 Systematically evaluate arguments
8.1 Follow “Holding Hands” and “No Surprises” rules
8.2 Identify reasonable missing co-premises
8.3 Use missing co-premises to evaluate inferences
9.1 Make inferences from premises
9.2 Fill in gaps between premises and main claims
9.3 Identify missing sub-conclusions for co-premise arguments
10.1 Distinguish “Not so!” from “So what?” objections
10.2 Map an objection and the author’s response
10.3 Evaluate the overall sufficiency of an argument

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