Diagramming Arguments
Single Premise

1. A Single Premise in Support of a Conclusion

One symbol is an arrow pointing from premise to conclusion. This arrow represents a single step in reasoning--the relationship between a premise and the conclusion.

Suppose you argued against gun control on the ground that it would violate the right of self-defense. Then your reasoning could be diagrammed as follows:

A single arrow would be drawn from the premise to the conclusion.

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Diagramming Arguments

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