RECOGNIZING TYPES OF ARGUMENTS
The following questions ask you to distinguish between different types of arguments. Each example will
illustrate Hypothetical Syllogism, Categorical Syllogism, Argument by Elimination, Argument by Definition,
Inductive Generalization, Predictive Argument, Causal Argument, Argument from Analogy.
Note- These "flashcards" are provided as a diagnostic tool. That is, they are designed to help you determine
if you are understanding the material. They are not designed to help you understand material about which you are
confused. As such, the following examples will be most helpful if used in the following way. First, review them
right after the material is first learned. The earlier you identify any confusion, the more opportunity you have
to seek clarification. Second, do not turn to these flashcard examples in order to get an explanation of the
answers. Rather, when you are confused by an example, review your textbook and class notes. If you still are
confused by the example, ask about it before, during, or after a class. While this might seem "less practical" or
"less efficient" than offering explanations in the flashcards, it ends up being more helpful. For these
flashcards are designed to be a tool that helps you determine which notes or textbook sections you need to review, or
what questions you should ask before, during, or after class; and, all of these practices are important parts of
your learning process.