Informal fallacies and syllogistic rules

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1. (Chapter 4) Categorical Propositions

i) Correctly Identify the Subject and Predicate Terms

ii) Name the Letter for each Categorical Proposition

iii) State both the Quantity and Quality for each of the Propositions, and

iv) Determine if the Terms are Distributed or Undistributed

a) All newly elected politicians in the United States for Congress are ambitious people who want power to do public good.

Subject Term: ____________________________________________________________


Predicate Term: __________________________________________________________


Letter or Proposition: ______

Quantity: _______________________ Quality: ___________________

Distribution: __Subject Term________ and ____Predicate Term__________

( ) Yes or ( ) No ( ) Yes or ( ) No

b) No stressful jobs that some people do at night are good occupations conducive to a healthy lifestyle

Subject Term: ___________________________________________________________


Predicate Term: _________________________________________________________


Letter or Proposition: _______

Quantity: _______________________ Quality: ____________________

Distribution: __Subject Term_________ and ____Predicate Term_________

( ) Yes or ( ) No ( ) Yes or ( ) No

2) (Chapter 5). Clearly Identify the Syllogistic Rule(s) broken and Name the Formal Fallacy or Fallacies committed in each of these 10 argumentative Passages

a) EAE-1___________________________________________________


b) EEO-2 __________________________________________________


c) AEI-3 ___________________________________________________


d) OOI-4 __________________________________________________


e) AEO-2 _________________________________________________


f) IIO-3 __________________________________________________


g) AAO-2 _________________________________________________


h) EEI-1 ___________________________________________________


i) OOI-4 __________________________________________________


j) EEE-3 _________________________________________________


3) (Chapter 3) Clearly Identify or Name the Specific Informal Fallacy or Fallacies Committed in each of the 5 Argumentative Passages

a) Sesame Street is the best show on television; and if you do not believe it, then I

will call my big brother to beat you-up. ______________________________

b) I failed this easy course, because my teacher is an African and does not like me.


c) All of us cannot be famous, because all of us cannot be well-known.


d) Dr. Phil (on television) argued that self-esteem is essential to a good marriage.

But Dr. Phil is not terribly well-educated, and he has never attended an Ivy League college or university in this country. So his arguments are not worth listening to and you should not pay any attention to whatever he is saying. _____________________

e) Television entertainer Bill Maher argues that religion is just a lot of foolish

nonsense. But he is an arrogant, shameless, and a self-righteous pig. So Bill Maher’s arguments are not worth listening to and no one should trust him. _______________

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