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Chapter 9. Identifying Arguments

How do you make sense of what you hear and read? How can you understand the reasoning behind what is being presented and look for the best, most reasonable answer? Most issues are presented with supporting evidence. After pinpointing the issue, you can then begin to analyze the underlying argument being presented.

In critical thinking, as in law, an argument is an attempt to support or prove a conclusion about an issue through evidence. Evidence consists of statements that provide support for the conclusion. Evidence communicates the reasons the presenter is for or against the issue.


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