P2 virginia tech has the best defense c therefore

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P2. Virginia Tech has the best defense. C. Therefore, Virginia Tech will win the championship. Step 1: Assess the argument for validity Assume the premises are true. Does the conclusion have to be true? Step 2: Assess the argument for soundness Test each premise for truth. Is P1 true? Is P2? Uncovering the argument
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1/25/11 Suppressed premises: “What most shoppers care about is low prices and convenience. That’s why O’Neals is the best grocery store around.” P1. What most shoppers care about is low prices and convenience. P2. O’Neals has the lowest prices and is super convenient. [implicit] P3. If a grocery store has what most shoppers care about, it’s the best. [implicit] C. O’Neals is the best grocery store around. It’s important to make implicit premises explicit, because Uncovering the argument
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1/25/11 We won’t always care about schematic form But we will always care about the argument That is – the reasons in support of some claim Arguments are a powerful tool You can gain learn the truth of some claim, previously unknown, simply by manipulating what is already known Homework -- Go find an argument Wrap Up
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