Example Diagrams Of Common Argument Structures

These are example diagrams of common argument structures. If your class is using argument diagramming or mapping, these may be helpful reminders of the basic argument types.

Single

Description: One premise supporting one conclusion.

Example:

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Serial

Description: One (or more) premises supporting one (or more) other premises that in turn support the conclusion.

Example:

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Linked

Description: Multiple premises that only support the conclusion when they are taken together as a set.

Example:

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Convergent

Description: Multiple premises each of which offers independent support for the conclusion. In essence, a convergent argument represents multiple independent arguments for the same conclusion.

Example:

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Complex

Description: An argument containing any combination of the above types is considered complex.

Example:

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