Schaum's Outline of Theory and Problems of Logic (Schaum's by John Nolt

By John Nolt

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Thus the second step is very weak. For the same reason it is clear that the probability of statement 5, given the basic premises of statements 1, 2, and 4, is low, so that the reasoning of the argument as a whole is quite weak. This accords with rule 1. 16 Diagram the following argument and evaluate it. @ [Mrs Compson is old and frail,] and @ [it is unlikely that anyone in her physical condition could have delivered the blows that killed Mr. ] Moreover, @ [two reasonably reliable witnesses who saw the murderer say that she was not Mrs.

It is not the case that Q. ( c ) P if and only if Q. It is not the case that Q . :. It is not the case that P. (4 P. . Either P or Q. ( e ) If P then Q. If Q then R. . If P then R. Solution ( a ) P- Q , -P t- -Q. ( b ) P & Q , PI- -Q. ( c ) P Q , -Q t- -P. (4 P t P V Q . (e) P-Q, Q - Rt-P-R. 3 FORMALIZATION The language consisting of the symbolic notation introduced in the previous section is called the language o f propositional logic. , how these sentences may be formalized), and then by stating explicit grammatical rules (formation rules) for the language itself.

This problem shows that one can obtain instances of an argument form by replacing its sentence letters with sentences of arbitrary complexity. If every instance of an argument form is valid, then the argument form itself is said to be valid; otherwise the argument form is said to be invalid. ) Disjunctive syllogism, for example, is a valid argument form: every argument of this form is such that if its premises were true its conclusion would have to be true. 2 are likewise valid. By contrast, the following form (known as afJirming the consequent) is invalid: If P, then Q.

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