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Medical Ethics Darin Harootunian 9/14/11 2 5. Explanatory Power A hypothesis is to be preferred to its competitor if it explains and unifies a wider range of observations than its competitor does. In the course of the semester, we will likely resort to these theoretic virtues to evaluate the competing theories that we encounter on the various issues we consider. Logic Exercises For each of the following arguments, identify whether the argument is deductive or non-deductive. If the argument is deductive, is it valid? If the argument is deductively valid, is it sound? If it is unsound, why is it unsound? Provide any missing conclusions. Argument A 1) If measles virus RNA is isolated from a patient’s respiratory specimen, then a diagnosis of measles is appropriate. 2) A diagnosis of measles is appropriate for this patient. Thus, 3) measles virus RNA was isolated from the patient ’s respiratory specimen. Argument B
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