## Is this a reasoning method?

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wanderlust

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### Is this a reasoning method?

"shifting the blame for the scandals to XXXX"
June 96, section 1, #2
I'm wondering is this a reasoning method? if yes, how should an argument using this method look like?
Thanks!!

Manhattan LSAT Noah

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### Re: Is this a reasoning method?

I guess it's a reasoning method. If blame is considered causation.

Rain and food poisoning is blamed for the wedding being scandalous, but in fact it was all the X that the groom took before the ceremony.

I have shifted blame to XXXX.

wanderlust

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### Re: Is this a reasoning method?

Manhattan LSAT Noah wrote:I guess it's a reasoning method. If blame is considered causation.

Rain and food poisoning is blamed for the wedding being scandalous, but in fact it was all the X that the groom took before the ceremony.

I have shifted blame to XXXX.

Thanks Noah!
I'm asking this question because my friend says 'shifting the blame' is not a method, but the purpose of the argument
Any insight on the difference between the method of an argument and the purpose of an argument?
Thanks again!

suspicious android

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### Re: Is this a reasoning method?

wanderlust wrote:Thanks Noah!
I'm asking this question because my friend says 'shifting the blame' is not a method, but the purpose of the argument
Any insight on the difference between the method of an argument and the purpose of an argument?
Thanks again!

A statement can be both. Does the question stem say the argument "uses which of the following methods of reasoning"? You could think about this as the argument using the idea of shifting the blame in order to come to the argument's stated conclusion.

wanderlust

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### Re: Is this a reasoning method?

suspicious android wrote:
wanderlust wrote:Thanks Noah!
I'm asking this question because my friend says 'shifting the blame' is not a method, but the purpose of the argument
Any insight on the difference between the method of an argument and the purpose of an argument?
Thanks again!

A statement can be both. Does the question stem say the argument "uses which of the following methods of reasoning"? You could think about this as the argument using the idea of shifting the blame in order to come to the argument's stated conclusion.

Thanks!!