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and how do you analyse one?

What is an argument? Here is the Monty Python skit to get us in the mood (familiar to those who did Stage 1 Philosophy).








AN EXCELLENT FIRST PORT OF CALL FOR THIS UNIT....

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An opening Presentation or two to get our minds going.




The following booklet has been prepared by Dr Rawnsley and is a tremendous resource for understanding how an argument is both structured and analysed. It will form the basis for much of our work in this unit.argument cartoon.jpg



Argument by Analogy

Let's follow this link and complete the reading and activities.

Some Argument Examples to practice analysis on.....



Deductive and Inductive Reasoning




Let's practice with a debate on religious matters.

Here's a Q&A video (from 2012) discussion between Cardinal George Pell and the biologist Richard Dawkins.

After viewing the discussion, you are to summarise the arguments that each puts for their positions.

Once summarised, you are to Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each.









To help you with the IDENTIFICATION and EVALUATION of these arguments, here's the transcript.....
Transcript of Dawkins vs. Pell


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A simple illustration of the Argument Pyramid. Useful in both identifying and evaluating arguments.