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Grantham University Week 1 The Nature of Arguments Analysis Essay

Grantham University

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I’m trying to learn for my Business class and I’m stuck. Can you help?

The Nature of Arguments

Critical thinking makes use of arguments. In this week’s lesson, you gained an overview of what arguments are and what it means for something to be a good or bad argument. In your week one assignment, you will be writing a five paragraph essay in which you explain and illustrate the nature of the critical thinking process.

Paragraph one should answer the following questions:

What is an argument?

What are some indicators of an argument?

What is an example of an argument?

Your example does not have to be detailed. It can be a single sentence or two. It can be informal – there’s no need to make a premise-by-premise argument. Make sure your argument contains a rational inference, otherwise it isn’t an argument.

Paragraph two should explain the meaning of cogent reasoning. In this paragraph, be sure to reference the three criteria for cogent reasoning.

Paragraph three should explain the difference between deductive valid and inductively strong arguments.

Paragraph four should explain the role of background beliefs, worldviews, and philosophies to the critical thinking process. Be sure to give examples of what some background beliefs might be.

Finally, in paragraph five, write about a time in which you used a rational argument to persuade someone. What was the argument about? What evidence did you utilize in order to make your case?

Your completed assignment should be written primarily in first person and should be 500-750 words in length. If you use sources in your writing, be sure to identify them. If you use any direct language from a source, be sure to place those words in quotation marks.

Your assignment should adhere to the stated page length requirement for the week and use APA style formatting including a title page and reference section. You should use Times New Roman, 12pt. font, double-spaced lines, and one inch margins. A description of APA style and the APA template can be found under the Assignments link in the left hand navigation menu of the course.

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Final Answer

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Running head: NATURE OF ARGUMENTS

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Nature of Arguments
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NATURE OF ARGUMENTS

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An Argument
An argument can be described as a set of statements that are made by one person in an
effort to persuade another party that their opinion about something is right. Take, for instance, in
economics an expert might try to make arguments as to why lowering the price of a product will
increase its demand. Notably, any argument will have indicators that will be used to spot it.
There are premise indicators such as given that, because, and since. As well, there are conclusion
indicators such as therefore, ergo, and hence. An example of an argument is as follows
“Therefore, given the recent decrease in the level of demand for this product, there is a need for
the company to lower the price to make it competitive...

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