Chapter 1.4 (Hurley)
The Basic Evaluative Vocabulary for Arguments
Instead of using the vague terms good and bad for argument evaluation, we use a
specialized set of technical terms. These technical terms allow us to reduce the
vagueness of good and bad,
Argument Analysis (contd)
(Lecture # 3a)
Review of previous skills and their respective methods:
Skill # 1: Classify sentences (in English) as statement or non-statement.
Method 1: Question Method/Flow chart based on df. of statement
Logic is one of the five main branches/sub-disciplines of philosophy; however, there are
areas of logic that are also part of mathematics, artificial intelligence, linguistics, and
computer science. The five main branches of philosophy are:
Invalid (= Unsound)
Weak (= Uncogent)
Deductive Argument The arguer claims that it is impossible for the premises to be true and the conclusion false.
In chapter 1.2 of Hurley, we learn Skill # 3, about types of non-arguments, about
logical/inference indicator exceptions, and learn some important things about
conditional statements and necessary and sufficient conditions.
Skill# 3: Determine whether a p
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3. Freedom of the press is the most important of our constitutionally guaranteed
freedoms. Without it, our other freedoms would be immediately threatened.
Furthermore, it provides the fulcrum for the advancement of new freedoms.