Assignment 3.3: Using standard forms of argumentation to assess reasoning by others

Purpose of the assignment

You will practice supplementing arguments that are left implicit, recognizing standard forms of argumentation, and using control questions to assess argumentation.

Subject matter

  • Section 3.2
  • Section 3.4

Tasks

In a text published on February 23, 2018 on the site of Dutch News, a then recently announced exhibition on Nazi design in a Dutch museum was discussed. The exhibition that took place from September 2019 until January 2020, has given rise to quite some discussion, as might already have been expected from the reactions to its announcement in 2018.

Answer the following questions about the text. Where necessary, supplement arguments that are left implicit. 

  • Which arguments does Timo de Rijk, the director of the museum, bring forward in favor of this exhibition?
  • Which standard form of argumentation does Timo de Rijk use here?
  • Based on your answers to the control questions for this standard form of argumentation, how do you assess the arguments from Timo de Rijk?
  • What position does Frank van Vree of Dutch institute for genocide studies NIOD take?
  • Which arguments does Frank van Vree use to support his position?
  • Which standard form of argumentation does Frank van Vree use here?
  • Based on your answers to the control questions for this standard form of argumentation, how do you assess the arguments from Frank van Vree?
  • What position does Annemartine van Kesteren of Boijmans van Beuningen Museum take?
  • Which arguments does Annemartine van Kesteren use to support her position?
  • Which standard form of argumentation does Annemartine van Kesteren use here?
  • Based on your answers to the control questions for this standard form of argumentation, how do you assess the arguments from Annemartine van Kesteren?
  • Taking into account your assessments of the arguments from Timo de Rijk, Frank van Vree and Annemartine van Kesteren, what is your own position about this exhibition? Don’t hesitate to bring in your own arguments. But if you do, don’t forget to check how they comply with the control questions that apply.

The text

You will find the text here: https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2018/02/den-bosch-museum-to-show-nazi-design-in-long-overdue-exhibition/