Assessing Logical Strength
Assessing Arguments with Dependent Premises

When there are dependent premises, the argument is only as strong as its weakest premise.


Consider the following argument:

1. People have a right to self-defense.
2. Gun control violates the right of self-defense.
3. Therefore, the government should not restrict gun ownership.

In this argument, 1 and 2 jointly support 3. However, 1 seems to be stronger than 2, so the argument is only as strong as 2 is.

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Assessing Logical Strength

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