Araucaria as a Tool for Diagramming Arguments in Teaching and Studying Philosophy .

Teaching Philosophy 29 (2):111-124, (2006)
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Abstract

This paper explains how to use a new software tool for argument diagramming available free on the Internet, showing especially how it can be used in the classroom to enhance critical thinking in philosophy. The user loads a text file containing an argument into a box on the computer interface, and then creates an argument diagram by dragging lines from one node to another. A key feature is the support for argumentation schemes, common patterns of defeasible reasoning historically know as topics . Several examples are presented, as well as the results of an experiment in using the system with students in a university classroom

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