Are All Unsound Arguments Invalid

James Lee
• Tuesday, 11 May, 2021
• 7 min read

For an argument to be valid, it must take a form where it is impossible for the premises to be true and the conclusion to be false. If the premises don't logically guarantee the conclusion, then the argument is invalid.

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However, while an argument can be invalid or valid but unsound, it doesn't mean that the conclusion is false. The conclusion might be perfectly true, but the person doing the arguing got there through incorrect means.

California to ban sale of new gas-powered cars The premise of an argument does not have to be true in order to be valid, therefore an unsound argument (which would have a false premise) could still be valid.

An example: “The oregano makes this food good.” This person may still like the food even if they were told there was no oregano in it.

The original statement is still valid even though it had a false premise, deductively they believed it was the oregano that made the food good. If the differences outweigh the similarities then the likelihood of B having the same certain characteristic as A is less and therefore it is a weak analogy.

Occasion each and every individual is a joker John Smith is an individual John Smith is a joker Invalidity the only element a valid argument can not have is real premises and a fake end. Occasion If I paintings, then I will pay my expenses I will pay my expenses, for this reason, I'd desire to have worked The argument is invalid.

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Evaluate the prospect that I in simple terms won the lottery. This is why philosophers have never answered 1 single problem.

This is because we cannot know the conclusion yet, since we have not established whether the reasons, or premises, are true. To get knowledge of the conclusion, the argument needs to be sound.

So, the conclusion that I’ll eventually die must be true. To know a conclusion is false, a sound argument needs to be given to demonstrate as such (something we’ll cover later on).

Test yourself on the following arguments to see if they’re sound or unsound : Humans are the only species that feel pain.

If you wish to ask any questions, seek clarification, raise some objections, or check how you went on the test questions, please write them in the comments section and I will try to respond as soon as I can. I highly recommend purchasing the book ‘Understanding arguments by Walter Sinnott-Armstrong and Robert Rogelio, which is available for purchase in the link below.

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If you do purchase the book via this link, you are helping support this webpage. I have a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Philosophy and Sociology, with a Political Science minor.

A deductive argument is said to be valid if and only if it takes a form that makes it impossible for the premises to be true and the conclusion nevertheless to be false. A deductive argument is sound if and only if it is both valid, and all of its premises are actually true.

According to the definition of a deductive argument (see the Deduction and Induction), the author of a deductive argument always intends that the premises provide the sort of justification for the conclusion whereby if the premises are true, the conclusion is guaranteed to be true as well. Loosely speaking, if the author’s process of reasoning is a good one, if the premises actually do provide this sort of justification for the conclusion, then the argument is valid.

The following argument is valid, because it is impossible for the premises to be true and the conclusion nevertheless to be false: An argument is valid if the premises and conclusion are related to each other in the right way so that if the premises were true, then the conclusion would have to be true as well.

It may be hard to imagine these premises being true, but it is not hard to see that if they were true, their truth would logically guarantee the conclusion’s truth. A sound argument is one that is not only valid, but begins with premises that are actually true.

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Therefore, in some states, some professional athletes are not eligible voters. Although it is not part of the definition of a sound argument, because sound arguments both start out with true premises and have a form that guarantees that the conclusion must be true if the premises are, sound arguments always end with true conclusions.

It should be noted that both invalid, and valid but unsound, arguments can nevertheless have true conclusions. Whether the premises of an argument are true depends on their specific content.

However, according to the dominant understanding among logicians, the validity or invalidity of an argument is determined entirely by its logical form. The logical form of an argument is that which remains of it when one abstracts away from the specific content of the premises and the conclusion, that is, words naming things, their properties and relations, leaving only those elements that are common to discourse and reasoning about any subject, that is, words such as all, ” “and,” “not,” “some,” and so forth.

One can represent the logical form of an argument by replacing the specific content words with letters used as place-holders or variables. However, the first example is sound while the second is unsound, because its premises are false.

John Paul II resides at the Vatican. The second example may seem like a good argument because the premises and the conclusion are all true, but note that the conclusion’s truth isn’t guaranteed by the premises’ truth.

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While it is accepted by most contemporary logicians that logical validity and invalidity is determined entirely by form, there is some dissent. However, it seems clear in these particular cases that it is, in some strong sense, impossible for the premises to be true while the conclusion is false.

Some might insist–although this is controversial–that these arguments actually contain implicit premises such as “Nothing is both circular and square shaped” or All bachelors are unmarried,” which, while themselves necessary truths, nevertheless play a role in the form of these arguments. It might also be suggested, especially with the first argument, that while (even without the additional premise) there is a necessary connection between the premise and the conclusion, the sort of necessity involved is something other than “logical” necessity, and hence that this argument (in the simple form) should not be regarded as logically valid.

Lastly, especially with regard to the second example, it might be suggested that because “bachelor” is defined as “adult unmarried male”, that the true logical form of the argument is the following universally valid form: The logical form of a statement is not always as easy to discern as one might expect.

For example, statements that seem to have the same surface grammar can nevertheless differ in logical form. Despite their apparent similarity, only (1) has the form “x is a that is F.” From it one can validly infer that Tony is a tiger.

Either there are dignitaries that the King and Queen are visiting, in which case the sentence (3) has the same logical form as “The King and Queen are playing violins,” or the King and Queen are themselves the dignitaries who are visiting from somewhere else, in which case the sentence has the same logical form as “The King and Queen are sniveling cowards.” Depending on which logical form the statement has, inferences may be valid or invalid. Only if the statement is given the first reading can this argument be considered to be valid.

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In these artificial languages, certain symbols, similar to those used in mathematics, are used to represent those elements of form analogous to ordinary English words such as all ”, “not”, “or”, “and”, and so forth. The use of an artificially constructed language makes it easier to specify a set of rules that determine whether a given argument is valid or invalid.

Hence, the study of which deductive argument forms are valid and which are invalid is often called “formal logic” or “symbolic logic.” In short, a deductive argument must be evaluated in two ways.

First, one must ask if the premises provide support for the conclusion by examine the form of the argument. Note: there are other, related, uses of these words that are found within more advanced mathematical logic.

In that context, a formula (on its own) written in a logical language is said to be valid if it comes out as true (or “satisfied”) under all admissible or standard assignments of meaning to that formula within the intended semantics for the logical language. Moreover, an axiomatic logical calculus (in its entirety) is said to be sound if and only if all theorems derivable from the axioms of the logical calculus are semantically valid in the sense just described.

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