— 07 — Opinions – Moral Arguments

— 07 — Opinions – Moral Arguments

TPCT Ch. 11: Judging Moral Arguments and TheoriesReview ePortfolio 1

Chapter Six Opinions
This chapter explores
that familiar word opinion and examines the way it affects our ability to think
critically. Again we have a familiar but confusing word that can be used in
many different ways. Exercises are offered to help you assess your understanding
of the different varieties of opinion. Writing applications ask you to test and
expand what you know into essays that articulate, support, describe, or analyze
opinions. Readings show you how professional writers can present support for an
opinion; in one case through direct statement, and in a second case through a
satirical sub-statement.

Glossary
Chapter 6
advice
Advice is to recommend an
opinion to someone else.
argument
There are the two parts of an
argument. The conclusion, or main summary idea and the reasons given to
support that idea.
infer
To use imagination and
reasoning to fill in missing facts. To connect the dots.
judgment
Judgment is a final opinion,
decision, conclusion or evaluation about something.
opinion
Opinion is a word used to
include an unsupported belief, a supported argument, an expert’s
judgment, prevailing public sentiment, and a formal statement by a court.
personal taste or preference
Personal taste or preferences
are forms of opinions that express likes or dislikes. They can be
irrational and need not be supported with reasons.
thinking
Purposeful mental activity
such as reasoning, deciding, judging, believing, supposing, expecting,
intending, recalling, remembering, visualizing, imagining, devising,
inventing, concentrating, conceiving, considering.