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 (T, meaning ‘is true’, and Z). This gives them the following form:

q is T, because q is Z

Second-order subject arguments are further differentiated on the basis of an identification of the types of statements involved. By labeling the conclusion and the premise as a statement of fact (F), value (V), or policy (P), every argument can be characterized as a specific combination of statements. 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

the argument from beautySchermafdruk 2018-06-28 09.48.39