The Argument is Incomplete…

  • John Spriggs


We have seen how to construct an argument in support of a claim by successive decomposition. This cannot go on forever, when have we done enough and how do we terminate our threads of argument? This is the job of the Solution symbol. Solutions constitute the evidence that completes and supports the overall argument. This chapter describes the connection, labelling and text conventions for Solutions, along with methods of justifying how Evidence supports a particular Goal. Sometimes the evidence may actually be another argument; this Chapter identifies a symbol sometimes used to show this, a Goal Developed Elsewhere. It is not part of the core notation, but you may find it in existing arguments.


Argument Structure External Argument Goal Structure Fault Tree Analysis Witness Statement 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Hayling IslandUK

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