ELEMENTS OF REASONING

Three basic elements make up reasoned arguments.


Reasoning and logic can seem (and be) extremely complex. However, logic can be broken down into small sets of elements. Therefore, it is useful to review some fundamental elements of reasoned arguments:


1. CONCLUSIONS: The outcome of arguments.


2. PREMISES: Statements that contain information for an argument.


3. TRANSITIONS: Ways of logically connecting premises.


Reasoned arguments involve coming to conclusions based on a set of premises connected by logical transitions. To understand how to construct compelling arguments, we will first need to define and explain each component: