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Scholarly Arguments on Both Sides

Prior to beginning work on this assignment,

Read the assigned sections of Chapter 5 and Chapter 6 in your textbook:

5.1: Basic Concepts in Inductive Reasoning

5.2: Statistical Arguments: Statistical Syllogisms

5.3: Statistical Arguments: Inductive Generalizations

5.6: Arguments from Authority

5.7: Arguments from Analogy

Chapter 5 Summary

6.4: Reasoning About Science: The Hypothetico-Deductive Method

6.5: Inference to the Best Explanation

Watch the videos:

What Is a “STRONG” argument? (Links to an external site.)

What Is an Inductive Argument? (Links to an external site.)

Inductive Reasoning (Links to an external site.)

Inference to the Best Explanation (Links to an external site.)

To begin, you will use the topic you selected in the Week 1 Standard Form Arguments discussion forum and continued working with in the Week 2 Creating a Valid Argument Workshop assignment. For this assignment, you will present and evaluate reasoning from scholarly sources on both sides of your topic.

For an example of how to complete this paper, take a look at the Week Three Example Paper Download Week Three Example Paper.

Conduct research from scholarly sources on each side of your issue. The UAGC library features research Tutorials (Links to an external site.), which offer videos on getting started, understanding the research process, vetting scholarly and popular resources, and providing instruction on how to read a scholarly article.

Write a paper that includes the following:

Introduction (approximately 100 words)

Explain your topic and state the specific question that you are addressing.

Presentation of an Argument (approximately 200 words)

Describe the scholarly source on one side of the issue.

Present what you see as the main argument from that source (present the argument in standard form, with the premises listed above the conclusion).

Evaluation of the quality of the reasoning in this source (approximately 200 words)

You may address questions such as the following:

How adequately does the article support the premises of the argument?

How strongly do the premises of the argument support the truth of the conclusion?

What (if any) missing premises would be needed to complete the argument (make it valid/strong)? Are these missing premises justified or merely assumptions?

Presentation of an Opposing Argument (approximately 200 words)

Describe the scholarly source on the other side of the issue.

Present what you see as the main argument from that source in standard form, with the premises listed above the conclusion.

Evaluation of the quality of the reasoning in this source (approximately 200 words)

You may address questions such as the following:

How adequately does the article support the premises of the argument?

How strongly do the premises of the argument support the truth of the conclusion?

What (if any) missing premises would be needed to complete the argument (make it valid/strong)? Are these missing premises justified or merely assumptions?

Evaluation of Arguments in Non-Scholarly and Scholarly Sources (approximately 100 words)

Discuss the differences in the quality of the reasoning or in the degree of support for premises in these scholarly sources contrasted with non-scholarly sources.

If you need support, review the Scholarly and Popular Resources (1) (Links to an external site.) Writing Center video.

Conclusion (approximately 50 words)

Reflect on how this activity might influence how you conduct research in the future.

The Scholarly Arguments paper

Must be three to five double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages and formatted according to APA Style (Links to an external site.) as outlined in the Writing Center’s APA Formatting for Microsoft Word (Links to an external site.) resource.

Must include a separate title page with the following:

Title of paper in bold font

Space should appear between the title and the rest of the information on the title page.

Student’s name

Name of institution (University of Arizona Global Campus)

Course name and number

Instructor’s name

Due date

Must utilize academic voice. See the Academic Voice (Links to an external site.) resource for additional guidance.

Must include an introduction and conclusion paragraph. Your introduction paragraph needs to end with a clear thesis statement that indicates the purpose of your paper.

For assistance on writing Introductions & Conclusions (Links to an external site.) as well as Writing a Thesis Statement (Links to an external site.), refer to the Writing Center resources.

Must use at least two scholarly sources in addition to the course text.

The Scholarly, Peer-Reviewed, and Other Credible Sources (Links to an external site.) table offers additional guidance on appropriate source types. If you have questions about whether a specific source is appropriate for this assignment, please contact your instructor. Your instructor has the final say about the appropriateness of a specific source for the assignment.

To assist you in completing the research required for this assignment, view The University of Arizona Global Campus Library Quick ‘n’ Dirty (Links to an external site.) tutorial, which introduces the University of Arizona Global Campus Library and the research process, and provides some library search tips.

Must document any information used from sources in APA Style as outlined in the Writing Center’s APA: Citing Within Your Paper (Links to an external site.) guide.

Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA Style as outlined in the Writing Center. See the APA: Formatting Your References List (Links to an external site.) resource in the Writing Center for specifications.