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Critical Thinking Tutorial: The Big Picture

This tutorial will empower you with valuable critical thinking skills that are essential for your university education.

Analyzing Arguments

Before you begin, ask yourself a few questions to determine what you might already know about analyzing arguments. Here are a few to get you started.

  • Is an argument always a quarrel?
  • Is arguing an act of invention or investigation?
  • What makes an argument strong or weak?
  • Are all strong arguments sound?
  • Are all sound arguments logical?

Logic is a branch of philosophy that examines and appraises arguments. The opening six minutes of this video looks at what an argument is, highlighting the components that make it a valid or sound argument. Pay close attention to the definitions of a premise and a conclusion, as it will help you meet the first learning outcome of this module.

You cannot skip ahead, but you can watch at 1.5 times the speed  and rewind in ten-second intervals , if needed.

Source: A Very Basic Introduction to Logic by PhilosophyToons on YouTube, 2021