Humanities
Int. to Logic

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Question# 1

Part A:

Come up with an instance of argument that conforms to HS.

 Derive the conclusion from the given premises in the argument below by utilizing the rules of inference (hint: use HS, MT, DS, or some other combination, as an alternative is available here).

          C:   B

       ==================

         P1:   A  V  B

         P2:   C ⊃  D

         P3:   A ⊃  C

         P4:  ~D

       ========================================================================

Part B:

Exercise 31

Do a Proof for the following argument: Use TT for testing validity. Follow the three steps:

  1. Assign P, Q, and R to the atomic sentences in the order of appearance in the argument.

  2. Formalize the argument.

  3. Derive the conclusion from the premises by using the rules of inference.

      P1:  If things are caused to exist, then the infinite regress of existence is not possible.

      P2:  God is not the ultimate cause of existence, only if the infinite regress of existence is possible.

      P3:  By the way, things are caused to exist.

      C:   Therefore, God is the ultimate cause of existence.

[31-2] "Derive" the conclusion (C) from the 3 premises (1 to 3) in a formalized argument below by employing rules of inference (i.e., proof, where you need to come up with additional steps beyond 3 below to lead you to the conclusion):

         C.  ~T

         -----------------------------

         1.  (R V S) ⊃  (T ⊃ K)

         2.  ~K

         3.  R V S

         -----------------------------

Part C:
Determine whether the following argument is valid or not
by showing how truth tables are utilized and interpreted:

[26-1]  P1:  P -> Q

  P2:  Q -> R

  P3:  ~R

      -------------------------
        C:  ~P

[26-2]  P1:  ~D  V ~F

      P2:  G -> (D & F)

    -----------------------------

    C:  ~G 


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