• Unit 2: Argument Analysis

    Arguments are the fundamental components of all rational discourse: nearly everything we read and write, like scientific reports, newspaper columns, and personal letters, as well as most of our verbal conversations contain arguments. Picking the arguments out from the rest of our often convoluted discourse can be difficult. Once we have identified an argument, we still need to determine whether or not it is sound. Luckily, arguments obey a set of formal rules that we can use to determine whether they are good or bad. 

    In this unit, you will learn how to identify arguments, what makes an argument sound as opposed to unsound or merely valid, the difference between deductive and inductive reasoning, and how to map arguments to reveal their structure.

    Completing this unit should take you approximately 7 hours.

    • 2.1: The Nature of Arguments

        • 2.1.1: What Are Arguments?

        • 2.1.2: How to Tell an Argument from a Non-Argument

      • 2.2: Good Argument Form

      • 2.3: Visualizing How Arguments Work

      • 2.4: Analogical Arguments

      • 2.5: Valid Argument Patterns

      • 2.6: Review of Argument Analysis