Logic Handout

Logic Handout - Logic "Handout" for Biomedical...

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Logic “Handout” for Biomedical Ethics On-line Section Argument – claim or opinion given by someone who also gives reasons to support that claim. Premise – a statement that is used as a reason to support another statement. Conclusion – a statement that reflects what the author is trying to establish and which is supported by one or more statements (premises). Sample argument: In order to earn a dental hygiene degree from CCC, you need to satisfy the biomedical ethics requirement. (premise #1) Debra has earned a dental hygiene degree from CCC. (premise #2) So, Debra has satisfied the biomedical ethics requirement. (conclusion) Valid argument – one where the conclusion follows from the premises. The argument given above is a valid argument. One important thing to understand is that calling an argument valid does not say anything about whether or not the premises are true ; it only means that the conclusion follows from the premises. For example: All on-line students work at night. (premise #1) Joe takes an on-line course. (premise #2) Therefore, Joe works at night. (conclusion)
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