Argumentation 15 (2):173-189 (2001)

Gilbert Edward Plumer
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (PhD)
The nontechnical ability to identify or match argumentative structure seems to be an important reasoning skill. Instruments that have questions designed to measure this skill include major standardized tests for graduate school admission, for example, the United States-Canadian Law School Admission Test (LSAT), the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), and the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). Writers and reviewers of such tests need an appropriate foundation for developing such questions--they need a proper representation of phenomenological argumentative structure--for legitimacy, and because these tests affect people's lives. This paper attempts to construct an adequate and appropriate representation of such structure, that is, the logical structure that an argument is perceived to have by mature reasoners, albeit ones who are untrained in logic.
Keywords argument structure  fallacy  logical form  logical constants  pattern of reasoning  standardized tests  material validity
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DOI 10.1023/A:1011180401186
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