Argument Analysis Assignment

The purpose of this assignment is to develop your critical thinking skills. Over the break I'd like each of you folks to find an article on line, one of at least two pages. The subject matter is not important, provided it is of an intellectual nature and that it puts forth an argument. Your job is to analyze the argument, which you will write up formally in this page of our wiki.Here are the guidelines:

1. Clearly state the thesis of the article.

2. Map out how the author arrives at this conclusion in the following way:
a. List all the premises of the author's argument, i.e., any assumptions or basic facts which serve as the foundation for the argument.
b. Disentangle the argument as much as possible by stating exactly how premises imply other statements, which, in turn, imply other statements, until the conclusion is reached. In other words do your best to work out the author's chain of reasoning.
c. Critique the argument in terms of its logical flow, noting any logical flaws, as well as any unstated premises that must be assumed for the argument to be logically sound. Remember, the validity of an argument does not depend on the verity of its premises, only on the logical process undertaken to proceed from premises to conclusion. A perfectly would argument, for example, would be the following syllogism. All natural satellites are made of green cheese. The moon is a natural satellite. Therefore, the moon is made of green cheese. Here the argument is completely valid, despite its conclusion being false, since the two premises do indeed imply the conclusion.

Be sure your analysis ain't got no grammar errors, spilling mistakes, random cApitalizations, or punctuation problem's (such as need-less hyphens or commas where they don't, belong, or ending sentences without a period) Also, incomplete sentences. If you plan to sneakily split an infinitive here and there, that's no big deal, since there is no consensus among grammarians regarding this rule. If it isn't majorly impossible (in your approximate estimation of about how you'd rate your writing skills), or at least mostly not beyond being excessively difficult to a fairly high degree in common, typical situations that aren't unordinary, please avoid not making sentences that aren't incoherent. If you don't refuse to heed the contrary of this last piece of advice, you can probably not forget about not avoiding a grade that is not likely to be what you didn't want. As always, Prooofread.! By the way, run-on sentences are very annoying, especially when they go on and on and on, and when it seems like they're never going to end, for example when a single sentence would be much more understandable if it were broken into two or three other sentences, each of which, standing alone, being complete and comprehensible, free from any dangling dependent clauses, about which, if you don't remember from your English classes, you can easily find information on line, since there are plenty of sites devoted to English grammar, some good, some not as good, but most containing plenty of decent examples, some of which you may even find interesting, depending on your interests, of course, but I digress....

Include a link to your article. This is due Monday upon the resumption of school. You may write in English, Spanish, or German (sorry, but ASL has no written form).





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