Periodic Table of Arguments

The atomic building blocks of persuasive discourse

Gamma Quadrant

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

q is true, because r is true

Second-order subject arguments are further differentiated on the basis of the specific relationship between the subjects q and r. Examples of arguments within this quadrant are:

Schermafdruk 2018-03-27 22.32.06the argument from opposites

Schermafdruk 2018-03-19 21.03.35the argument from disjunctives



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the argument from consistency