Argument Maps as Representational Tools

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Do we need new laws to restrict gun ownership in this country? Should doctors be allowed to help very sick patients bring about their own death? Is it wrong to stare at an attractive person as they walk down the street? To deliver a compelling answer to such questions, you have to do more than articulate your opinion. You have to build an argument.

An argument map is a great tool for evaluating arguments. It allows you to represent the logical structure of arguments graphically. Graphic representation makes it easy to isolate the logical relationships between individual claims, which is quite difficult to do when arguments are presented in prose form.

Charles Rathkopf, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Iona College, New York, explores these ideas in his presentation for the Hamilton College Summer Program in Philosophy held in Clinton, New York. Professor Rathkopf's talk focuses on lessons learned from working with argument maps during daily class sessions over the course of the two-week summer program.

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Hamilton College Summer Program in Philosophy

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Philosophy Department, Hamilton College

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Clinton, NY, USA

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Hamilton Scholarship Series

Hamilton College Summer Program in Philosophy

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