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The construction, deconstruction and presentation of arguments for a position;

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Here is the argument: "High government spending causes interest rates to go up. The government is spending a lot. Therefore, interest rates will go up." This reasoning is an example of induction. The …
answered Oct 30 '16 by Mark Andrews
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In a valid syllogism, the middle term must be distributed in at least one premise. This example violates that rule. The example is the syllogism IAA in the first figure (Some M are P; All S are M; th …
answered Aug 27 by Mark Andrews
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I do not see the retort as dishonest. The response does shift the burden to you, but this shift is legitimate. Party A Loyalist is arguing: this situation over here is just like that situation over th …
answered Jun 30 '17 by Mark Andrews
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Is anecdotal evidence enough to counter a broad generalization? The answer depends on the breadth of the generalization. Suppose the claim is that 85% of foodies prefer carrots and 15% prefer pea …
answered Sep 25 '18 by Mark Andrews
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The argument is a straightforward line of if-then statements. (1) If A then B; if B then C; if C then D; if D then E. (2) A is true. (3) Thus E must be true. If these animals are kept alive, then th …
answered Oct 25 '18 by Mark Andrews
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Such an defense, asserting that the proponent has lied before, is a form of ad hominem argument: the truth or falsehood of an assertion is said to rest on who the advocate is or on things they have do …
answered Jun 24 by Mark Andrews
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The argument is: "(1) Some dogs are carnivores. (2) Some dogs are vegetarians. (therefore) Some dogs that are carnivores are vegetarians." No valid conclusion follows; neither premise distributes the …
answered Oct 27 '16 by Mark Andrews
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In law, these questions about relevance are the subject of a lot of practical and theoretical thinking. Here is Federal Rule of Evidence 401, Test for Relevant Evidence: Evidence is relevant if: …
answered Apr 28 '17 by Mark Andrews
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“...you are an X, therefore you should know Y” The question is difficult because A’s inquiry (translation of wheelbarrow) is stated, but then disappears. Person B is not trying to find an answer, but …
answered Dec 21 '17 by Mark Andrews
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Alice and Bob have one loaf of bread between them. For some reason only one of them is allowed eat the bread; they cannot share it. Alice says "I should have the bread because if I don't have i …
answered Sep 6 '18 by Mark Andrews
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Perhaps your friend is arguing as follows: 1. If Jesus did not exist, then churches would not exist. 2. Churches exist. 3. Therefore, Jesus existed. This line of reasoning denies the consequent and is …
answered Jun 17 '17 by Mark Andrews
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'What does he mean by "go beyond" the content of the premises?' Probably the author means that induction calls upon the uniformity principle: If a given occurrence has caused a certain result, then fu …
answered Oct 13 '16 by Mark Andrews
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Therefore, Jane is a student. The argument is invalid. The specific problem is the undistributed middle term (coffee). Without a distributed middle term, there is no link between the two premises …
answered Jan 30 '18 by Mark Andrews
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The problem with Darapti is the existential fallacy. The reasoning uses two universal premises to reach a particular conclusion. From the site Logically Fallacious: A formal logical fallacy, which …
answered Jan 7 by Mark Andrews
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I think that the problem is an undistributed middle term. The perpetrator is white, male, 25-35, and aggressive. Jack is white, male, 25-35, and aggressive. Jack is the perpetrator. This syllogism …
answered Nov 1 '17 by Mark Andrews

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