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PHIL 001 – Critical Thinking!!! TA: Bridgette Savino Office hours: Tues. 1.30-3.00, Thurs. 10.30-11.30 (other by individual arrangement) Office location: WMC 4617, Diamond Bldg. (4 th Floor, end of hall, to your right) Email: [email protected] Forgot?: Refer to Dr. Mc’s website- http://www.sfu.ca/~jillmc/1077001TAs.htm What are the two main components of an argument? Conclusion – the claim the argument is intended to establish. Premises – the reasons that are supposed to support the conclusion. Find the conclusion in the following arguments: (retrieved from http:/ /www.iep.utm.edu/a/argument.htm (1-3,5 ), http:/ /www.tru.ca/ae/php/phil / mclaughl/courses/crit/lectures.htm (6,7), and http:/ /www.xoxohth.com/thread.php? (8) 10/09/2007) 1
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1. Councilwoman Radcliffe is the best person for the job . This is because she has the most legislative experience of all the candidates, and she will not place the interests of corporations above those of the people. Conclusion: “Councilwoman Radcliffe is the best person for the job” 2. Callisto orbits Jupiter. Hence, it is not a planet, because something must orbit a star in order to be a planet. Conclusion: “Callisto is not a planet” 3. The death penalty should be adopted only if it deters murder. However, it could only do this if murderers understood the consequences of their actions before acting, and since this is not so, we must reject adopting the death penalty. Conclusion: “we must reject adopting the death penalty” 2
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4. Only children are allowed on the swingset, and Ms. Peabody, you are no child, are you?
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