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Chapter 16. Explanations vs. Arguments

When we think critically, we take different approaches depending on whether we are trying to recognize and evaluate an argument or whether we are trying to develop or evaluate an explanation. But distinguishing between an argument and an explanation can be difficult.

While arguments attempt to persuade, explanations take the point of view of discovery and understanding. Thus, when people are trying to convince you to adopt their point of view, you use the framework for recognizing and evaluating an argument. When you are trying to comprehend something you do not understand or to evaluate someone else’s explanation, you use the framework for developing and evaluating an explanation.


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