Last Update: 6 April 2004
Note: or material is highlighted
One point that some of you may still not be entirely clear on: What if you disagree with the missing premise? Does that mean that the conclusion of this argument is false (in your opinion)? Not necessarily!
If the argument (with the missing premise added) is valid, and if you agree with the missing premise (and all the others, at least for the sake of the argument), then you must--logically must--believe the conclusion.
But if the argument (with the missing premise added) is valid, and if you don't agree with the missing premise, it does not logically follow that the conclusion must be false! All that follows is that this is a bad argument (in your opinion) for that conclusion. A bad argument for a conclusion is not the same as a good argument against that conclusion!
So, if you didn't agree with the missing premise, then you have one more task: You need to decide if you agree or disagree with the conclusion for some other reason, and you must state that reason, preferably in the form of an argument with premises.
1-2 PAGE (250-500 WORD), TYPED, DOUBLE-SPACED, SINGLE-SIDED REVISION, 1 COPY,
IS DUE AT THE BEGINNING OF LECTURE, THURSDAY, APR. 15.|
NO LATE PAPERS WILL BE ACCEPTED!