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Tutorial 3 - Multi-Reason Arguments
In previous tutorials we introduced simple arguments, and looked closely at their internal structure.  It is now time to start considering how these building blocks combine to form complex arguments. 

The simplest way in which this happens is in what we call multi-reason arguments - that is, arguments where there is more than one reason or objection relating to a single contention.

In this tutorial, we

  • introduce the basic concepts relating to multi-reason arguments
  • show how to map them
  • discuss the two mistakes people make most often when mapping multi-reason arguments.

These mistakes revolve around the distinction between multi-premise simple arguments, on one hand, and multi-reason arguments on the other.  Thus before tackling this tutorial you should ensure you have a strong grasp of the key concepts and skills from Tutorial 2.




3.1 Multi-Reason Arguments
3.2 Multiple Objections
3.3 Counter-Arguments
3.4 Disputes
3.5 Strange Bedfellows
3.6 Stranded Co-premises
3.7 Summary
Quiz - Tutorial 3
Exercise 3.1
Exercise 3.2
Exercise 3.3
Exercise 3.4
Exercise 3.5

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