Argument Mapping Tutorials

Before you start...

Useful introductory information about argument mapping and these tutorials.  Includes some technical tips.

Tutorial 1 - Simple Arguments

Introduces simple arguments, the most basic units of reasoning. Discusses various kinds, their parts, and how to map them.

Tutorial 2 - Simple Argument Structure

Looks in more detail at the internal structure of simple arguments. Gives simple guidelines for identifying assumptions and ensuring that the whole thing hangs together properly.

Tutorial 3 - Multi-Reason Arguments

Studies arguments in which more than one reason or objection bear upon a single claim.  Discusses some common mistakes in mapping such arguments.

Tutorial 4 - Multi-Layer Arguments

In multi-layer arguments, reasons or objections are themselves supported or opposed by further arguments.  This tutorial covers the main kinds of multi-layer arguments, how to map them, and how to avoid some common errors.

Tutorial 5 - Inference Objections

Inference objections are a kind of multi-layer argument, and mapping them is particularly challenging.  This tutorial shows how to map inference objections as objections to hidden premises.

Tutorial 6 - Macrostructure

The "macrostructure" is the structure of complex arguments on a large scale.  This tutorial covers some fundamental principles for producing maps of well-structured complex arguments.

By the end of these tutorials, if you have done the exercises properly, you should have acquired basic skills of argument mapping, and have a deeper understanding of the nature of reasoning and argumentation.


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Last updated 07-Dec-2006





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