Find 15 examples of argument by analogy
that occur in daily life on the news or in your workplace. Record both the Analysis and Arguement. After recording them analyze each to determine the following 1. If it is in fact persuasive and why the arguement is or is not persuasive (perhaps it is more of an explanation than an arguement)
2.tell whether the conclusion is supported by the premises and whether the major premise is supported inductively (assess the varying degree of strength of support for each.
Below is an example of a strong arguement and analysis:
Arguement: The Pen is like the sword since both can be dangerous so both should be regulated by law.
Analysis: All things that are dangerous should be regulated by law a writers pen can be dangerous; therefore a writers pen should be regulated by law. The major premise is supported by the case of the sword, which can be seen as a metaphor for any significant weapon, guns, eplosives, etc. The regulation of object for safety resons is a complex issue--many would disagree that things like swords and guns should be regulated at all. On the assumption that they should be the analogical argument that extends to the words of the suthor here introduces a host of other issues,. concerns about infringing on free speech and censorship that stifles the good as well as the bad. This is a weak argument. There are too many significant differences between a sword and a pen. The sword's primary purpose is as a weapon; the pen's is the communication of ideas (good or bad. A sword or a gun can cause immediate physical harm. while a pen only indirectly causes harm if the ideas of the writer are acted upon. on the whole the argument is a weak one.
after finding 15 examples of arguments by analogy
occuring in daily life. The other 10 analogy
arugument needs to be aruguments of statistics that occur in every day life. of the five different types of statistical arguments(Total, Ratio, Frequency,Distribution, average)ensure that you have tow examples of each. Analyze each argument for its persuasiveness. If applicable, determine if there is a correlation in each example and if so does it indicate causality? Finally in one sentence give a clear determination why or why not the argument is strengthened or weakened by the use of statistics.
Please feel free to use newspaper articles, book reference, magazine or any source of information for your analysis statements.
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