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By Patrick J. Hurley

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For example, basal cell carcinoma, the most common of all skin cancers, can produce disfigurement, but it almost never results in death. ” Thus, the passage is best interpreted as an argument. In deciding whether an illustration should be interpreted as an argument, determine whether the passage merely shows how something is done or what something means, or whether it also purports to prove something. In borderline cases it helps to note whether the claim being illustrated is one that practically everyone accepts or agrees with.

However, some passages can be interpreted as both explanations and arguments. Example: Women become intoxicated by drinking a smaller amount of alcohol than men because men metabolize part of the alcohol before it reaches the bloodstream, whereas women do not. The purpose of this passage could be to prove the first statement to those people who do not accept it as fact, and to shed light on that fact to those people who do accept it. Alternately, the passage could be intended to prove the first statement to a single person who accepts its truth on blind faith or incomplete experience, and simultaneously to shed light on this truth.

The relation between conditional statements and arguments may now be summarized as follows: 1. A single conditional statement is not an argument. 2. A conditional statement may serve as either the premise or the conclusion (or both) of an argument. 3. The inferential content of a conditional statement may be reexpressed to form an argument. The first two rules are especially pertinent to the recognition of arguments. According to the first rule, if a passage consists of a single conditional statement, it is not an argument.

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