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Socrates (2) Con. Introduction to PHI

by: Ashley Childers

Socrates (2) Con. Introduction to PHI PHI 151

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The second part to the introduction of philosophy. From this goes into the Socratic method, Arguments, and Deductive Reasoning...
Introduction to Philosophy
Paula Smithka
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philosophy, Socrates, reasoning, arguments
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Date Created: 02/15/16
 Socrates & the Examined life  Socrates (469-399BCE)  Apart of the oral traditions  Plato (427-347BCE)  Student of Socrates  First philosopher to begin to write things down o Called dialogues o Socrates is the main character in many  Searching for the Truth  “Better is the soul” o The Socratic Method  Puts out question  Thinks about and questions the answers  Goal is to find the truth o What is Justice? (from The Republic)  Thrasymachus  Justice is the interest of the stronger o “might makes right”  Are the rulers infallible or are they sometimes subject to err? (Socrates) o They can make mistakes.  Thrasymachus admits that subjects are to follow the laws weather or not they are in the interest of the stronger.  Condradiction  justice is both for and against the interest of the ruler o The strategy of: Reduction ad absurdam  Reduction to absurdity  Opponent makes a claim  “ Press” the claim (adequate? Realistic? Plausible?) o If not  o Contradiction- cancels out original claim  Necessarily false statement o The trail and death of Socrates (The Apology)  Socrates is about 70 years old  The Role of Gadflies (horsefly) in society  Socrates considered himself to be like the gadfly of Athens  Meletus, Antyus, Lycon (accusers)  501 Jurors  Charges:  Corrupting the youth (does everyone but him aid the youth?)  Not believing in the gods of Athens (or later atheism)  Oracle says that Socrates is the wisest man alive:  He tries to prove this wrong by going to o Politicians o Poets o Artisans o Martin Luther King, Jr.  1963 Letter from Birmingham Jail  Analogies  Pathos  Non-violent direct action  Bringing the protest out into the public  Awareness  Forced to confront the issue  Just Vs. Unjust Laws o The Crito (the death scene)  Friends want him to escape from jail (Socrates)  Logic Basics o About Arguments  Arguments are (never true or false)  Good/strong  Bad/Weak  Philosophical o Evidence (points to get across)  Rhetorical *not same context as seen in English* o Emotional appeal  Parts of an argument (Formal)  Premise(s) o Evidence/reasons o Statements (can be true or false)  Claim, declarative sentence o Indicator words  In view of the fact  Because  Due to the fact  Assuming that  Since  For  Given that  Inasmuch as  Conclusion o Points to get/have gotten across o Indicator words  Consequently  As a result  Thus  Therefor  So  Which means that  It follows that  Inference  thought/reasoning patterns o About Statements  Properties of a statement  Contrast with non-parts of arguments  Re: Belief & Opinion statements  Belief: o I believe that man landed on the moon.  Looking for evidence  Compound statement  Object of belief  “I believe” subjective Cognitive/psychological component Epistemic component  Opinion: o Common sense of preference o Subjective  Can not give evidence  Come from experience o Deductions & induction: Reasoning  Patterns  Deduction: evidence (premise) provides grounds for conclusion  Certainty is possible o If premise were all true conclusion is guarantied to be true  Sam likes bananas. Therefore, someone likes bananas.  Induction: premises are more loosely connected with conclusion  Degrees of probability, not certainty o Predictions: probability/likelihood of outcome or event o Generalizations: idea generated from sample said to coverall all of the category  All crows have black feathers, but one might be purple or albino. o Deductive arguments  Strong Deductive Argument: Valid  Validity: if all of the premises were true, the conclusion cannot be false o Good evidence should never lead to a false conclusion  Weak Deductive Argument: Invalid  Invalid: if all the premises were true the conclusion could be false  Soundness  Sound = Valid + has true premises   Testing deductive arguments  Counter example method  Example o All (quantifier) humans are mortal, all people in this class are human, therefore all people in this class are mortal.  Counter o All * are #.  All humans are living beings.  All animals are cats. o All @ are *.  All female humans are human.  All dogs are animals o Therefore all @ are #.  All female humans are living beings.  All dogs are cats. o The example is valid because it is sound.  Example o All flowers are plants, o All daisies are plants, o All daisies are flowers.  Counter o All * are @.  All triangles are shapes. o All # are @.  All circles are shapes. o All # are *  All circles are triangles. o The example is invalid because the conclusion could be false.  Example o All cars are vehicles. o All cars are automobiles. o All automobiles are vehicles.  Counter o All * are #,  All crows are birds. o All * are @,  All crows are black things o All @ are #.  All black things are birds. o Argument structure is invalid because it leads to a false conclusion with all true premises.  Homework  All human beings are persons.  All persons are beings deserving of respect.  Therefore all beings deserving of respect are human.  Homework Counter  All # are *. o All visible lights are colors.  All * are %. o All colors are spectrums of light.  There fore all % are #. o Therefore spectrums of light are visible light. (false)  Nonsense argument  All ladders have minds.  All plants are ladders.  All plants have minds.  Counter  All # have *.  All % are #.  Therefore all % have *.  Argument is valid but not sound o Arguing in a circle  Begging the question  Example:  All ripe lemons are yellow.  Therefore all ripe lemons are yellow.  No structure issue/argument is valid. o Modus Ponens  If the surgeon operates then the patient will be cured.  The surgeon is operating.  Therefore the patient will be cured.  If p then q  Given p  Then result is q  If its raining then I will take my umbrella,  It is raining  I will take my umbrella  Argument is valid. o Modus  If p then q  If the surgeon operates, then the patient will be cured  If it is raining I will take my umbrella  Given Q  The patient is cured  I will take my umbrella  Therefore p  The surgeon operated.  It is raining? (Not necessary)  Invalid premises can lead to a false conclusion o Formal Fallacy  The structure of the argument is bad.


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