100 Words, 100 Days: Day 52. On Arguments.

Depending on what definition you use, an argument comes in many forms. Recently I’ve adopted the philosophical and logical definition. An argument is a statement in which premises (propositions) support a claim.

James was born in Ireland. James holds an Irish passport. Therefore James is an Irish citizen. This is a simple syllogism as popularised by Aristotle. You make a claim, then you back it up with supporting evidence. This is deductive logic at its finest.

Other types of arguments can result in name-calling, Internet hating, divorce, law-breaking and severe migraine. I can almost see Aristotle spinning in his grave.

 

 

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4 responses to “100 Words, 100 Days: Day 52. On Arguments.

  1. Aristotle is a man.
    Men like watching wrestling on TV.
    Aristotle is an actor.

    Like that, you mean?

  2. Pingback: 100 Words, 100 Days: Day 61. On History. | Aardvarkian Tales

  3. «James was born in Ireland. James holds an Irish passport. Therefore James is an Irish citizen.»

    That’s an argument, but it isn’t a syllogism.
    See
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syllogism

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