Unformatted text preview: Typically this will involve pointing out potential criteria which the argument overlooks. When is a premise unacceptable? A premise is unacceptable when it is 1. False , i.e. not true. 2. Doubtful , i.e. we don’t know if it is true. 3. Unclear , i.e. we don’t know what it is claiming. Some ways to cast doubt on premises: 1. Present a counter-example to a universal generalization. 2. Finding a clear case where the if part is true and the then part is false in an if-then premise. 3. For any premise, point out further implications that are doubtful....
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- Spring '11
- Logic, Conclusion, premises, Cederblom