Logical Errors.docx - Identifying Logical Errors Logical errors are flaws in arguments Any argument opinion or conclusion that contains a logical error

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Identifying Logical Errors Logical errors are flaws in arguments. Any argument, opinion, or conclusion that contains a logical error is false. Being able to detect logical errors can help you decide which viewpoints or arguments are correct and which are erroneous—and can help you avoid making mistakes. Cause/effect errors state a conclusion which isn't backed up by the facts: the cause doesn't really lead to the effect that takes place. Take the statement "George argued with his sister yesterday, so he fell during basketball practice today." George's argument probably had little to do with his fall. An untied shoelace or a shove by another player might have caused George to lose his footing. Circular reasoning means that an argument appears to lead to a conclusion, but merely restates the point. For example, the statement "Celia makes good cookies because she is a good baker" is circular. Saying that she makes good cookies is merely another way of saying that she is a good baker.
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  • Fall '19
  • Logic, Jim, Argumentation theory

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