Arguments 2: Arguments Continued: Proofs

Arguments 2: Arguments Continued: Proofs




Arguments with Other Connectives Inference Rules Constructing Proofs What to look for in real-world arguments
Evaluating an argument
We need to thus ask several things when evaluating an ordinary language argument
  1. What is the conclusion?
  2. Is the conclusion significantly different from the premise(s)? (Is the argument non-trivial?)
  3. What are the relevant premises?
  4. Is there more than one argument?
  5. For each argument, is it meant to be deductive?
  6. If the argument is meant to be deductive, is it valid?
  7. If the argument is valid, should you believe all of the premises of the argument?