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Logic and arguments

The first step in evaluating arguments is to make sure they succeed logically.

In arguments, premises are offered to provide support for the conclusion. Logic is about whether or not the support is adequate. If the logic is not adequate, it doesn’t matter what the premises are about; they won’t provide adequate support for the conclusion. The first step in evaluating arguments is thus to make sure they succeed logically.

More specifically, you need to learn the important difference between deductive and non-deductive arguments. And then learn how each kind of argument can succeed logically.

This week, we aim to help you to:

  • Distinguish between deductive and non-deductive arguments.

  • Distinguish between valid and invalid deductive arguments.

  • Distinguish between strong and weak non-deductive arguments.

  • Apply the principle of charity in reconstructing arguments.

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