Periodic Table of Arguments

The atomic building blocks of persuasive discourse

Delta Quadrant

The Delta Quadrant of the Periodic Table of Arguments contains all so-called second-order predicate arguments. The conclusion and premise of such arguments have the same subject (proposition q) and a different predicate (‘true’, and U), giving them the general form:

q is true, because q is U

Second-order predicate arguments are further differentiated on the basis of the specific relationship between the predicates ‘true’ and U. Examples of arguments within this quadrant are:

Schermafdruk 2018-03-19 21.03.58the argument from authority

Schermafdruk 2018-03-19 21.04.10the argumentum ad populum



Schermafdruk 2018-03-19 21.04.21the argument from commitment

Schermafdruk 2018-03-19 21.04.51the argumentum ad baculum



Schermafdruk 2018-03-19 21.04.35the argument from utility