Ch 4: Evaluating Arguments & Reasoning

About This Chapter

View this chapter's video lessons to explore types of reasoning and how to craft strong arguments in essays. Find out how to evaluate reasoning in passages and avoid illogical comparisons in your own writing.

Evaluating Arguments & Reasoning - Chapter Summary

With the video lessons in this chapter, you can refresh your memory of the types of reasoning and bolster your ability to evaluate arguments. Our instructors explain what defines great arguments and show you how to avoid fallacies in your essays. You'll also study techniques for evaluating reasoning in texts. By the time you finish the lessons, you'll be able to:

  • Identify the components of strong arguments
  • Distinguish between inductive and deductive reasoning
  • Evaluate reasoning in essays and articles
  • Avoid logical fallacies in writing
  • Recognize examples of philosophical fallacies

We believe learning should be an engaging and flexible process. That's why our brief videos provide simplified explanations of concepts enhanced by real-world examples and fun graphics. We also provide transcripts of our videos for you to use during study sessions. When you're ready to test your comprehension of the topics in this chapter, take the self-assessment quizzes accompanying the lessons.

6 Lessons in Chapter 4: Evaluating Arguments & Reasoning
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How to Write a Great Argument

1. How to Write a Great Argument

Many times our writing must not just be informative but it must also be persuasive. One of the best ways to be very persuasive is to use a great argument. Learn six steps you can follow to write a great argument.

The Differences Between Inductive and Deductive Reasoning

2. The Differences Between Inductive and Deductive Reasoning

Inductive and deductive reasoning are often confused. This lesson introduces the concept of reasoning and gives you tips and tricks to keeping inductive and deductive reasoning straight.

How to Evaluate Reasoning

3. How to Evaluate Reasoning

Evaluating reasoning in an essay or article is an important step in critical analysis. Being able to judge if something is reasonable whether or not you agree with the argument will be our learning focus for this video.

Evaluating Reasoning in an Essay or Article

4. Evaluating Reasoning in an Essay or Article

Being able to effectively evaluate reasoning can be helpful to you as you develop your own deductive and inductive reasoning skills and put those skills to work in persuasive essays. This lesson sheds some light on how to evaluate reasoning.

Philosophical Fallacies & Argumentation

5. Philosophical Fallacies & Argumentation

In this lesson, learn how fallacies are sometimes used when arguing one's case and why they are problematic. Consider examples of fallacies in everyday life and relate them to fallacies in philosophy.

What are Logical Fallacies? - Define, Identify and Avoid Them

6. What are Logical Fallacies? - Define, Identify and Avoid Them

Logical fallacies are flaws in reasoning that can throw your argument off track and confuse your reader. This video explains how to identify a few common logical fallacies and how to steer clear of them.

Chapter Practice Exam
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