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January 6, 2013 / compassioninpolitics

My quick list of argument categories, types, and schemas

Qualitative Arguments:
• Risk/Causality/Explanation
• Impact, explanation
• Detail, specificity
• Source/Author Credibility (actual & internal)
• Context
• Comparison
• Indict of alternatives [nothing else matters, answering objections, preemptions]
• Contrast & distinctions
• Framing

• Ballot, Role of Debaters, Role of Judge
• -Ism
• Ethics & Impact/Consequences
• Comparative or Primacy/Emphatic/Categorical

Thinking about primacy:
• Access primacy
• Impact primacy
• Credibility primacy
• Risk primacy



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  1. compassioninpolitics / Jan 6 2013 11:16 pm

    I perhaps should cover types of arguments, reasoning, & proof.

  2. compassioninpolitics / Jan 6 2013 11:19 pm

    I forgot limits and qualifiers. Its not a necessity, but does make arguments more nuanced.

    I’m curious if “softeners” apply in the same way.

  3. compassioninpolitics / Jan 6 2013 11:20 pm

    Using argumentative chain analogy with a swing set may help here.

  4. compassioninpolitics / Jan 6 2013 11:52 pm

    Four interesting categories:
    The use and abuse of examples (historical & otherwise)
    The use and abuse of metaphors & analogies
    The use and abuse of rhetoric
    The use and abuse of argument

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