What is argument?


In and philosophy, an argument is an attempt to persuade someone of something, by giving reasons or evidence for accepting a particular conclusion. The general structure of an argument in a natural language is that of premises (typically in the form of propositions, statements or sentences) in support of a claim: the conclusion. Many arguments can also be formulated in a formal language. An argument in a formal language shows the logical form of the natural language arguments obtained by its interpretations.*

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Some articles on argument:

Argument - Fallacies and Nonarguments
... A fallacy is an invalid argument that appears valid, or a valid argument with disguised assumptions ... because and hence typically separate the premises from the conclusion of an argument, but this is not necessarily so ... Thus Socrates is a man, all men are mortal therefore Socrates is mortal is clearly an argument (a valid one at that), because it is clear it is asserted that Socrates is mortal ...
Retro-bolting - Argument - Against
... Climbing is an adventure sport that is inherently risky ... A climber should understand and accept this risk ...
Exec (operating System) - Prototypes - Arg0
... The first argument arg0 should be the name of the executable file ... Some programs may incorrectly rely on this argument providing the location of the executable, but there is no guarantee of this nor is it standardized across platforms ...
Default Arguments
... In computer programming, a default argument is an argument to a function that a programmer is not required to specify ... In most programming languages, functions may take one or more arguments ... Usually, each argument must be specified in full (this is the case in the C programming language) ...
Delaware Supreme Court - Procedure - Oral Argument
... is mandatory, it is not required to hear oral argument ... the justices desire clarification, oral argument is called ... Each attorney in oral argument is given 20 minutes to present its side, except for capital cases, in which each side is given 30 minutes ...

More definitions of "argument":

  • (noun): A summary of the subject or plot of a literary work or play or movie.
    Example: "The editor added the argument to the poem"
    Synonyms: literary argument
  • (noun): A variable in a logical or mathematical expression whose value determines the dependent variable; if f(x)=y, x is the independent variable.
  • (noun): A discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against some proposition or proposal.
    Example: "The argument over foreign aid goes on and on"
    Synonyms: argumentation, debate
  • (noun): A fact or assertion offered as evidence that something is true.
    Example: "It was a strong argument that his hypothesis was true"
    Synonyms: statement

Famous quotes containing the word argument:

    Any authentic work of art must start an argument between the artist and his audience.
    Rebecca West (1892–1983)

    Your views are now my own.
    Marvin Cohen, U.S. author and humorist.

    In conversation, after having taken a strong position in an argument and heard a complete refutation of his position.

    The argument is over.
    St. Augustine (354–430)