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Week 7: Acceptability The Conditions of Acceptability Good arguments - The premise are rationally acceptable and provide rational support for the conclusion - Cogent arguments : 3 conditions - A: Acceptability of premises (must be reasonable for the person receiving the argument to believe the premises to be true) - R: Relevance of premise to conclusion (a reason to believe the the conclusion is true) - G: Good grounds for the conclusion - The premises support the conclusion and make it reasonable to believe the conclusion Why do we require acceptable premises? - If the premises are not acceptable, then the reasoning does not matter - (EX: All priests are over 10 feet tall) valid but not a good argument Premises are acceptable if: 1) Direct observation - if you have directly observed that the premise is true, then it is reasonable to accept the premise 2) Supported by a cogent subargument - if a premise is the conclusion of a cogent subargument, then it is reasonable to accept the premise 3)

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