Anat of Arg Worksheet II - Anatomy of Arguments from the...

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Anatomy of Arguments from the History of Philosophy Identify each numbered statement in the passages as a premise [P], a conclusion [C], both [CP], or neither [N]. © Kevin Possin 1. [1] No great artist ever sees things as they really are. Conclusion [2] If he did he would cease to be an artist. Premise William of Ockham The Decay of Lying , p. 325 - There is an obvious premise that there ARE artists but it is missing from this argument. 2. [1] The truth is rarely pure and never simple. Conclusion [2] Modern life would be very tedious if it were either, Premise and [3] modern literature a complete impossibility! Premise William of Ockham The Importance of Being Earnest , p. 485 3. [1] If choosing freely for oneself is the highest value, the free choice to wear red socks is as valuable as the free choice to murder one’s father or sacrifice oneself for one’s friend. Premise [2] Such a belief is ridiculous. Premise Max Weber Existentialist Ethics , p. 54 - Implicit conclusion 4. [1] It is not profitable for us at present to do moral philosophy; … Conclusion [2] it should be laid aside at any rate until we have an adequate philosophy of psychology, Premise [3] in which we are conspicuously lacking. Premise G. E. M. Anscombe “Modern Moral Philosophy,” Ethics, Religion, and Politics , p. 26 5. [1] If therefore that than which nothing greater can be thought exists in the understanding alone, then this thing than which nothing greater can be thought is something than which a greater can be thought. Premise And [2] this is clearly impossible. Premise Therefore there can be no doubt at all that [3] something than which a greater cannot be thought exists both in the understanding and in reality. Conclusion (therefore indicates) St. Anselm of Canterbury Prologion, Opera Omnia, I, p. 101 6. [1] Something than which nothing greater can be thought so truly exists that it is not possible to think of it as not existing. Premise [2] This being is yourself, Lord our God. Premise [3] Lord my God, you so truly are that it is not possible to think of you as not existing. Conclusion St. Anselm of Canterbury Prologion, Opera Omnia, I, p. 103 7. [1] Even if it be granted that everyone understands this name ‘God’ to signify what is said, viz., ‘that than which a greater cannot be thought’, it does not follow that what is signified by the name exists in the nature of things, but only that it exists in the apprehension of the understanding. Conclusion After all, [2] a circle is by definition a line perfectly equidistant from a point. Premise And yet, [3] no circle so perfectly formed exists in this rough and ready universe. Premise 8. [1] The good person is related to his friend as to himself (for [2] his friend is another self). Aristotle Nicomachean Ethics , 1166a 9. [1] There is no such thing as perpetual tranquility of mind, while we live here; because [2] life itself is but motion, and can never be without desire, nor without fear, no more than without sense. Thomas Hobbes Leviathan, English Works , 3, p. 51 10.
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