Argument Analysis Activity for Philosophy Students
In this exercise, students are asked to give a careful logical analysis of a philosophical argument. This involves breaking the argument down into premises, sub-conclusions, and a main conclusion, mapping the inferential connections between the foregoing in a numbered argument, and then evaluating the resulting argument for deductive validity and soundness. The exercise is designed to help students refine their ability to discern the logical structure of an argument written in regular prose and practice evaluating such an argument for deductive validity and soundness. This skill will be crucial later in the course when they are asked to write term papers.