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 a different subject (propositions q and r) and the same predicate (‘true’). This gives them the following form:

q is true, because r is true

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 2018-03-27 22.32.06the argument from opposites

Schermafdruk 2018-03-19 21.03.35the argument from disjunctives



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the argument from consistency