05 October 2008

There are only 5 ways anyone can respond to an argument.

This is a good reminder with all the political discussions going on these days.

The Five Ways to Respond to an Argument

  • The first three are based on the three essential checkpoints in the structure of any logical argument
    • Terms: Are the terms accurate or ambiguous?
    • Premises: Are the premises true or false?
    • Reasoning process: Does the conclusion logically follow from the premises?
  • All the check points have been passed and the conclusion cannot be denied, so you admit it.
  • All the check points have been passed and the conclusion cannot be denied, but you refuse to admit it. You disagree without really knowing why. Although this is stupid it makes you feel safe against an argument you don't like.
From Peter Kreeft's lecture series, Faith and Reason: The Philosophy of Religion

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