EquivocationSupporting a conclusion by shifting from one
meaning of an ambiguous term to another.
Slippery slopeTo argue from the fact that one cannot determine
the exact boundaries of a terms extension, to the conclusion that a
What is it for our premises to be relevant? That is the question.
What is a non sequitur?
What is it for the premises of a deductive argument to be relevant?
What is an argument by analogy?
What is the basic format of an argument by analogy?
This chapter is dedicated to the Acceptability condition of our ARG conditions for cogency.
What is it for our premises to be acceptable or justified? That is the question.
First some problematic theories as to what constitutes an acceptable or
What is a definition?
A definition is the meaning of a word [or phrase] as it is commonly intended or used by ones
Note the process of conceptual analysis used to discover the essential definition of apple pie.
What is logical entailment?
What is the differences among technical impossibility, physical impossibility, and logical
What is validity?
What is it for an argument to be sound?
How does an arguments being sound compare to its bei
Identify the speech acts in following passages:
argument, assertion, description, explanation, or none of the above.
1. Because there is considerable disagreement over values, we might first be inclined to
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
 No great artist ever sees things as they really are. Conclusion  If
Anatomy of an Argument
Identify each numbered statement in the passages as
a premise [P], a conclusion [C], both [CP], or neither [N].
1.  Not all medical problems can be cured by pharmaceuticals . CONCLUSION For
instance,  they dont a
Standard Categorical Form
Put these ordinary statements into standard categorical form; then, after studying
conversion, obversion, and contraposition, find all the equivalent ways of making these
statements. Kevin Possin
Subject - Predicate
I - A woman c
Informal Fallacies Worksheet
Identify all the informal fallacies committed in these passages.
Be able to explain which cogency condition each fallacy fails to meet.
1. If were not supposed to eat animals, how come theyre made out of meat? (D