The mighty Zimbo claims to have leg muscles so strong that he can stand flat on his feet and lean forward to pick up an apple on the floor with his teeth. Should you pay to see him perform, or do you have any suspicions about his claim? Why?
June 27, 2016 Philosophy 1180 Responding to claims: Claim is a statement that’s true or false; questions and opinions are not claims. Disagreeing to claim could include a disagreeing statement as well as the person adding additional claim. Clarifying: claims are often vague/ambitious. Critical thinkers will notice and ask for clarification about whole/part of claim. Ex. “What do you mean” Focused clarification is better. Ex. “What do you mean by excessive force” Challenging: ask for reason or evidence that would convince objective person. Challenging is not the same as disagreeing. Critical thinkers will challenge dubious claims as well as their own. Ex. “Do you have any evidence” Identifying Conclusions: Argument: con