Figuring out arguments

We routinely give (and are expected to give) reasons for what we believe and say. Yet, for our reasons to actually offer rational support, those reasons have to be structured in just the right way. Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Reason Mapping Team is devoted to diagramming these important logical relations.

If you can see more clearly some strong reasons for and against a given claim, you will be in a much better position to make up your mind about that claim. Diagrams help us do that.

So, have a look at the arguments that we have mapped out. Hopefully, the diagrams will help to focus your thinking, clarifying which parts you agree or disagree with — and more importantly why.

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I am the coach of our team. As a member of Kwantlen Polytechnic University's Philosophy Department, I help our team members learn and apply basic diagramming methods. My job is to coordinate the students' efforts so that the team produces high-quality maps of reasons that anyone can make sense of.

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