Argument Structure

Dona Warren - Department of Philosophy, the University of
Wisconsin - Stevens Point

Welcome to this online study of argument structure! It is
designed to help you to visualize the inner workings of arguments in order to
more easily express
arguments of your own and understand the arguments that other people present to
you. I have every confidence that you'll find this material extremely useful,
and I sincerely hope that you'll enjoy learning it.

This study is composed of seven units, each of which contains a presentation,
the main slides from the presentation, the script of the presentation, and a few
exercises to help you gauge your understanding of the unit. (Please note that my
small bird helped me to record the presentations so if you hear little peeps in
the background, don't assume that there's a problem with your speakers.)

At the end of the
units, you'll find a handbook that summarizes, frames, and unifies the
important points of all the lessons. My hope is that you will print out the
handbook and use it as a reference as you put these skills into practice.

I would, of course, be delighted to hear from you if you have any questions,
comments, or feedback. You may reach me at
dwarren@uwsp.edu . Enjoy!

I) Introduction: Basic Concepts

Presentation

Slides from the Presentation

Script of the Presentation

Gauge Your Understanding Exercises

II) Lesson 1: Inference Indicators (with Premises and Ultimate
Conclusion)

Presentation

Slides from the Presentation

Script of the Presentation

Gauge Your Understanding Exercises

III) Lesson 2: Inference Indicators (with Subconclusions)

Presentation

Slides from the Presentation

Script of the Presentation

Gauge Your Understanding Exercises

IV) Lesson 3a: Inference Erasers: "and" (with Dependent
Reasons)

Presentation

Slides from the Presentation

Script of the Presentation

Gauge Your Understanding Exercises

V) Lesson 3b: Inference Erasers: "but" (with Dependent
Reasons)

Presentation

Slides from the Presentation

Script of the Presentation

Gauge Your Understanding Exercises

VI) Lesson 4: Theme Changers (with Independent Reasons)

Presentation

Slides from the Presentation

Script of the Presentation

Gauge Your Understanding Exercises

VII) Conclusion: Quick Review

Presentation

Slides from the Presentation

Script of the Presentation

Gauge Your Understanding Exercises