Which one of the following statements most accurately characterizes a difference between the two passages?

nhneppl on February 14, 2019

False Premises

How frequently will we be required to identify a flawed argument based on false premises?

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Ravi on February 14, 2019


Great question. The answer is almost never. Our video lesson shows
what a false premise looks like because it is one method of how people
attack arguments. However, it's generally an easier way to attack an
argument (nothing is easier than just saying that the stated
assumptions someone is making are bogus).

The LSAT tests our ability to dissect arguments. In flawed arguments,
we're almost always assuming that the premises are true and making
deductions from there. Almost every question on the LSAT tests your
ability to see whether, if the premises are true, the conclusion

This is much more difficult than arguing with premises, but the beauty
of this way of argumentation is that if you're granting your opponent
the truth of their premises and are still able to show that the
conclusions they draw from those premises are false, then it's
irrefutable that their argument is flawed since you're not debating
the truth of the premises.

Does this make sense? Let us know if you have any more questions!