Verbal - Critical Reasoning
- Verbal - Critical Reasoning
Last Modified: 2014-07-22
+ Info used to support a conclusion
+ Present in ALL arguments
+ The claim that the author wants to prove
+ Present in most (not all) arguments
+ Supported by at least one premise
+ Represents the main opinion or claim of the author
+ Can be a prediction, judgement, etc.
+ Signaled by words like "therefore", "thus", "so", "consequently"
+ Counter-conclusions are also possible!!
+ Info that provides context so we can understand the situation
+ Present in many (not all) arguments
+ Almost always fact-based
+ Can be historical information, description, definition, etc.
+ Info that opposes or goes against the author's conclusion
+ Present in some (not all) arguments
+ Signaled by words like "however", "yet", but"
+ Can be tricky - could lead you into thinking the conclusion is the opposite of what it is, or could also trick you into thinking the counterpoint is the premise
(1) Structure - Describe the role
(2) Structure - Describe the argument
(3) Assumption - Assumption
(4) Assumption - Evaluate
(5) Assumption - Flaw
(6) Assumption - Strengthen/weaken
(7) Evidence - Inference
(8) Evidence - Explain a discrepancy
(9) Other - Complete the argument
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