Philosophy 101: Quiz #3/4 Solutions
April 19, 2011
1. All deductively sound arguments have true conclusions. T
Proof. If an argument A is sound, then (i) A is valid, and (ii) all of As premises are true (denition of deductive
soundness). It then follows f
Philosophy 101: Homework #3 Solutions
March 22, 2011
Problem #1 (p. 53: #8)
Here is the relevant excerpt from the Declaration of Independence. I have taken the liberty of labeling each of the ve (5)
separate claims within this rather long Jeersonian sen
Philosophy 101 Homework #6 (My Solutions)
(1) e argument has been made that to cut down on teenage drunk driving we should increase the
federal excise tax on beer. Such a measure, however, would almost certainly fail to achieve its
An Extended Reconstruction in Detail
April 7, 2011
In this handout, I will present a detailed, step-by-step reconstruction of the following argumentative passage:
Dear Senator Jenkins,
I am writing to urge your support for higher salaries for state correc
Philosophy 101: Homework #2 Solutions
February 22, 2011
Problem #1 (p. 33: #6)
We were asked to decide whether the statement expressed by the following sentence is an exception to the (OT) principle:
a. Pop U. Lar is well liked.
In order to answer this
Philosophy 101 Homework #4 solutions
(1) p. 72 #2
The argument in question is:
1. If you like logic, then you love debate.
2. You like logic.
3. You love debate.
Let P = you like logic, and Q = you love debate. Then, the argument is of the form
Three Possible Causes of Irrational Belief
February 3, 2011
Rational belief a brief review
Recall, our rational belief principle (aka., evidentialist principle) is:
(RB) If a persons total evidence supports some statement p, then the rational epistemic
Philosophy 101: Quiz #2 Solutions
March 1, 2011
Fill-in the Blanks
Fill in the blanks in the following sentences, using the appropriate vocabulary from chapter 3.
1. The principle of rational belief (RB) implies that if a persons total evidence supports
Philosophy 101 Quiz #6 Solutions
1. Consider the following passage:
Bar X. Am is a recent law-school graduate who has just been interviewed
for a position in a law firm. e interviewer says, Bar will be a successful
lawyer. She's smart and articul
Chapter 4: Strong Arguments 1
valid, and both
s argu ment satisfies both cond ition s for dedu ctive strength. It is
The same is(3/1/11) the following example:
Quiz #2 to be returned today (end
Philosophy 101: Quiz #5 Solutions
April 14, 2011
True or False?
For each of the following claims, indicate in the blank provided whether the claim is true (T) or false (F).
1. The principle of faithfulness (PF) and the principle of charity for implicit
Philosophy 101: Seven Sample Argumentative Passages
April 7, 2011
1. Dear Senator Jenkins,
I am writing to urge your support for higher salaries for state correctional facility guards. I am a
clerical worker at Kingsford Prison, and I know whereof I speak
Philosophy 101 Homework #5 solutions
(1) p. 134 #6
We were asked to add an implicit premise to this argument in order to make it well-formed.
a. Polly Tishin is running for reelection.
b. Most popular senators who run for reelection win.