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Concepts and arguments

Concepts and arguments - Evaluating conceptual claims...

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Evaluating conceptual claims: Unpacking method 1. Identify the ambiguous concepts in the claim. 2. For each concept, list and briefly describe its different possible meanings. 3. Determine which of these meanings could be relevant in the argument. 4. If any of the meanings are themselves ambiguous, repeat steps 2. and 3. for these meanings. 5. For each of the meanings which apply, determine whether the claim is true or false. EXAMPLE: P1: Homosexuality is unnatural. P2: Anything which condones unnatural behaviour should not be legalized. P3: Gay marriage condones homosexuality. C: Gay marriage should not be legalized. Where is the conceptual claim? P1: Homosexuality is unnatural. What are the ambiguous term or terms? The second term: unnatural.
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Evaluating definition-like premises: A definition is a tool for determining what does fall under the heading of a particular concept and what does not. Define -> to make finite -> to set limits to Methods of criticizing definition-like premises (or conceptual theories): 1. Presenting a counter-example.
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