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In class notes for first week

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In class notes for first week Phil 1010

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in class notes for first week, describes and argument, different type of reasoning and gives examples. Also discusses what a good argument would be
Critical thinking
Timothy Allen
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Date Created: 08/30/16
8/22/16  Most central concept in whole course is an Argument   Presenting reasons in favor a position is an Argument   Reasons = Premises   Position = Conclusion   Must be precise in using these words­ technical sense   Premises and conclusion are statements of proposition   Proposition and Statement­ the content of or what is asserted by a declarative sentence they are  always true or false   Declarative sentence­ states a fact  1. A) Ralph brought the umbrella. –Two sentences, one proposition  B) The umbrella was brought by ralph.   The Hallmark of a statement or proposition is that it is always true/false   Has to be determinable that its true or false, you don’t have to know if it’s true or false  Questions are not true or false­except in a deceptive way   If someone is asserting something that is neither true or false than it is an illegitimate argument  General Argument looks like this: Premise 1: Premise 2:  Premise 3:  ________________                Conclusion   Ascertain structural relationship between the premises and the conclusion such that the premises  support the conclusion.  Arguments can have any number of premises as long as that number is not 0  Arguments can only have ONE CONCLUSION   Conclusion encompasses all premises   Have to determine what person making argument is trying to establish or prove by isolating the  conclusion   Order is irrelevant in an argument in terms of the premises and conclusion however there is a  structural relationship between premises and conclusion       Truth of premises=Truth of conclusion   An Opinion= an unsupported claim   Not very interested in opinions­ don’t mean very much   Conclusion can come in anywhere in an argument   Conclusion is what’s being supported by premises   An argument is better than an opinion   Can’t say all arguments are equally good   Can have Good v. Bad Arguments and Better v. Worse arguments   Two Basic kinds of arguments: 1. Inductive­ a logical process in which multiple premises, all believed true or found  true most of the time, are combined to obtain a specific conclusion. Inductive  reasoning is often used in applications that involve prediction, forecasting, or  behavior . 2. Deductive­ logical process in which a conclusion is based on the concordance of  multiple premises that are generally assumed to be true. Deductive reasoning is  sometimes referred to as top­down logic. Its counterpart, inductive reasoning, is  sometimes referred to as bottom­up logic. 8/24/16:  Can turn an opinion into an argument by providing support for it  An opinion is an unsupported claim, with support it becomes a valid argument   Deductive argument can be good or bad   If Deductive argument is good, then the argument is Valid   Valid­ if the premises are true, the conclusion must be true­ Criterion   If argument is valid the premises can’t be true while the conclusion is false   A proposition is always true or false, however which one they are depends on  circumstances   Circumstances can change the truthiness of a proposition   In a good Deductive argument the Conclusion can be false only if one or more of the  premises are also false   Can have all premises be false and the conclusion be true  I,e:  1. No mammals are reptiles ­true 2. No reptiles have feathers ­true __________________________ Conclusion­ No Mammals have feathers­ false 1. Here’s a bird and it’s toothless  2. ..more toothless birds  3. ..more toothless birds  4. ..more toothless birds N=10,000 premises  _______________________________ Conclusion: All Birds are toothless   Inductive Reasoning can be Good or Bad   Inductive arguments don’t use valid or invalid   Inductive reasoning if good=strong, if bad =weak  8/26/16:   Examples of argument (1):  1. A typical person has 50,000 hairs on his/her head, but a person can have as many as  120,000  True 2. The population of Des Moines is 150,000 True Conclusion­ there is at least 2 people in Des Moines having the same number of hairs on  their head True, Valid, Deductive   First step in figuring out if an argument is valid or not is to determine what type of  argument it is   Example of argument (2): 1. On May 3rd, Jack Adams left from Long Island to row to France  2. He had 60 days supply of food and water  th 3. On May 8 , he was spotted 150 miles East of Nantucket Island rowing eastward. 4. There was a terrible storm in North Atlantic May 22 ­24   5. It is now August 15   6. There is no sign of Jack Adams Conclusion­ Jack Adams is dead, drowned in the Atlantic Inductive strong   If conclusive =Deductive   If evidence = Inductive   Birds Argument is enumerative inductive       Jack Adams= standard inductive       1 type of deductive argument       4 types of inductive arguments        A casual Argument  A is associated with B or A happened Before B and causes C    Possible explanations: 1. A causes B 2. B causes A  3. C causes both A and B  4. A coincidence 


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