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Dialogue of Scott Adams' Dilbert Comic strip (November 11, 2017) [Panel1] Co-worker: Don't tell Dilbert I told you what he plans to do. [Panel2]

Dialogue of Scott Adams' Dilbert Comic strip (November 11, 2017)

 

[Panel1] Co-worker: Don't tell Dilbert I told you what he plans to do.

[Panel2] Alice: What if he asks me how I found out?

[Panel3] Co-worker: You should lie.

[Panel4] Alice: You have given me two bad choices.

[Panel 5] Alice: If I don't change my plans based on this new information, I'll have big problems.

[Panel 6] Alice: But if I act on it, Dilbert will ask me how I knew, and that will turn me into a liar.

[Panel 7] Co-worker: Yes, those are your only options.

[Panel 7] Alice: Unless...

[Panel 8] Co-worker: There's no "unless." You have only two options. Just two!

[Panel 8] Alice: Have you ever seen the view from the roof?

 

Below are examples of well-crafted versions of the above arguments:

1. If I do change my plans, then Dilbert will ask me how I found out.

2. If Dilbert asks me how I found out, then I should lie to him.

[So, 3. If I do change my plans, then I should lie to him]

4. If I should lie to him, then I will turn into a liar.

So, 5. If I do change my plans, then I will turn into a liar.


1. Either I do change my plans or I do not change my plans.

2. If I do not change my plans, then I have big problems.

3. If I do change my plans, then I will turn into a liar.

So, 4. Either I have big problems or I turn into a liar.


1. Either I have big problems or I turn into a liar or you see the view from the roof.

2. I will neither have big problems nor turn into a liar.

So, 3. You will see the view from the roof.


Alternative version

1. Either I have big problems or I turn into a liar or you see the view from the roof.

2. You will see the view from the roof.

So, 3. I will neither have big problems nor turn into a liar.



On the next page are 10 questions and answers concerning the four examples of well-crafted arguments presented above.   You need to submit a typed detailed response to each question and answer.

1. For the first argument, does the well-crafted version fit a famous argument form?

Worth 1 pt. Yes, the two parts of the argument fit the hypothetical syllogism (HS) form. Show the HS form and how the argument fits the two HS forms.

 

2. For the first argument, is the well-crafted version a valid argument?

Worth 1 pt. Yes, it is a valid argument. Please explain what a valid argument is and why this two-part argument version is valid. 


3. For the first argument, the third statement is what type of argument statement?

Worth 1 pt. It is a sub-conclusion. Please explain what a sub-conclusion is and how the statement acts as sub-conclusion in the argument version.

 

4. For the second argument, is the well-crafted version a valid argument?

Worth 1 pt.  Yes, it fits the constructive dilemma (CD) form. Please show the CD form and how the argument version fits the CD form.


5. For the second argument, could the first disjunctive statement be a false dilemma?

Worth 1 pt. Yes, it could be. Please explain what a false dilemma is and how the first statement of the second argument could fit a false dilemma.


6. For the third argument, is the well-crafted version valid?

Worth 1 pt. Yes, it fits the disjunctive syllogism (DS) form. Please show the DS form and how the argument version fits the DS form.


7. For the alternative argument, is the well-crafted version a valid argument?

Worth 1 pt. It fits the fallacy of affirming the consequent (FAD in notes). Please show how it fits the FAD form and explain why the argument is likely invalid.


8. For the alternative argument,is there a counter-example to the invalid argument form?

Worth 1 pt. Yes, there is a counter-example.  Please explain what a good counter-example is and create one that fits the FAD form.


9. For the alternative argument, is the argument sound?

Worth 1 pt. No, the alternative argument is likely not sound.  Please explain what a sound argument is and why this argument is likely not sound.


10. Are the above well-crafted versions of the arguments fair and charitable versions of

     the original arguments?

Worth 1 pt. Please explain what are fair and charitable versions of an argument (section 2.2) and your opinion of the versions presented above.

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