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How to Reconstruct an Argument

      Reconstructing arguments is one of the most important philosophical skills.  Once you learn to dissect and reconstruct an argument, evaluating and analyzing the argument will become much easier.  The following are example arguments that have been reconstructed, with the process of reconstruction explained in detail. 

I. Reconstruction from Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, Book 5

      Sample Paper on Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, Book 5

      Objections to Aristotle's Argument in Nicomachean Ethics, Book 5

II. Reconstruction from Kant's Groundwork, Section One

      Sample Paper on Kant's Groundwork, Section One

      Objections to Kant's Argument in Groundwork, Section One

III. Reconstruction from Perry's Dialogue on Personal Identity

      Sample Paper on Perry's Dialogue

      Objections to Perry's Argument